You Sent The Wrong Emojis – Teenage texting expert reveals what the most popular emojis really mean

There are many things HERE that show your age – taste in music, clothing and flexibility of the joints.

But it seems that emojis also reveal which generation you belong to.

Find out how to avoid being over the top when using emojis in your messages

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Find out how to avoid being over the top when using emojis in your messages

A new survey found that people over 30 are much more likely to add a checkmark or love heart to a social media message than teens.

They also use the poo sign, crying face and clapping hands literally. The etiquette when sending the icons is becoming increasingly confusing, Generation Z – those born in the mid-1990s and later – even sometimes take offense at the classic “OK” hand or the “thumbs up”.

Here Emil Rollings, 15, offers his guide to the emoji minefield.

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UNCOOL EMOJIS

It's childish

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It’s childish

Poo Sign: Nobody I know has ever used this because it looks really childish.

No - it's too romantic

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No – it’s too romantic

lipstick kiss: I never sent it out in my social circle and we would consider it overly romantic.

I don't even know what it means

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I don’t even know what it means

Monkey Eye Cover: My friends and I don’t use this symbol in messages. I don’t even know what it means.

Only to be used jokingly

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Only to be used jokinglyPhoto credit: Getty

Loving heart: A romantic sign that is only used jokingly and is certainly not placed at the end of general conversations.

Definitely not something my friends use

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Definitely not something my friends usePhoto credit: Shutterstock

Tick: I don’t see why this sign of approval should offend me, but it’s definitely not something my friends use.

COOL EMOJIS

Commonly used to spot liars

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Commonly used to spot liarsPhoto credit: Shutterstock

Blue baseball cap: This usually means someone is lying as it was first used in response to Donald Trump’s claim that he won the 2016 US Presidential election. Frequently busy.

Saying someone did something stupid

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Saying someone did something stupidPhoto credit: Shutterstock

Clown: It’s a popular way of saying someone did something stupid, but I don’t use it that often.

Tell your friends what they posted is funny

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Tell your friends what they posted is funnyCredit: Alamy Stock Vector

crying with laughter: This is a quick way to let your friends know that what they’ve posted is funny and used often.

A joke doubled you

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A joke doubled you

Skull: If you want to show that a joke has doubled you, the skull is often the preferred option.

say something is cool

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say something is coolPhoto credit: Shutterstock

Frozen Face: A popular symbol for finding something cool.

BEWARE OF EMOJIS

Can be passive-aggressive due to increasing use of it ironically

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Can be passive-aggressive due to increasing use of it ironicallyPhoto credit: Shutterstock

clapping hands: The meaning can be passive-aggressive because it is increasingly being used ironically. As always, context is everything.

A quick way to indicate that you agree with a plan but some people are offended by it

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A quick way to indicate that you agree with a plan but some people are offended by itPhoto credit: Getty

Thumbs up: A lot of friends still use the thumbs up because it’s a quick way to show you agree with a plan, but some people take offense.

It could be taken as an insult

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It could be taken as an insult

Grinding teeth: Young people send this to say, “Why did someone do that?” but it could be taken as an insult.

Odd when used in reference to a person

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Odd when used in reference to a person

drooling: Okay if you’re talking about a burger you’re about to eat, but it would be weird if it were used in reference to a person.

In our newsgroups, although it can be used sarcastically

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In our newsgroups, although it can be used sarcastically

OK hand: The poll might say that this emoji is out of style, but it appears in our message groups, although it can be used sarcastically.

EMOJIS TO AVOID

Young people will understand that the person or thing is

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Young people will understand that the person or thing is “hot.”

hot face: Be careful when you think of using it to say the weather is hot because young people take it to mean that the person or thing is “hot”.

Sexual connotations

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Sexual connotationsPhoto credit: Shutterstock

Waterdrop: You should not use this emoji to indicate rain or water as it has sexual connotations.

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