Why middle aged men are more common to find using thumbs up emoji compared to young adults

Most dads often love sending the thumbs-up emoji in response to all types of events ranging own-ups from buying a wedding dress to a pregnancy test that turned out positive.

But what is it with old men and their fascination with the thumbs-up emoji? When asked by the grandfather of a respondent why they love using the emoji, they responded that it conveys a big message using a simple image, and being old, they prefer sending a simple emoji rather than writing a long message.

As most older men find it harder to communicate using modern technology, writing a text message on a chatting app may be more time-consuming and difficult when compared to communicating using emojis. Emojis have been a part of our lives in any social media app or platform as a sign of expression.

However, there’s a certain negative emotion that younger people may attain from the thumbs-up emoji, seeing it as sarcastic or unenthusiastic rather than appreciative and happy. Some might even think of this as a passive-aggressive remark about their thoughts or opinions. This is a difference in the mindsets between the generation that grew up with the internet and one that is just now getting into it.

For example, while a young teenager might see their grandad responding to a meme with a thumbs up as passive-aggressive, the grandad on the other hand would see it as a way of expressing their liking of the meme their grandson shared.

While some may take this as a sign of passive aggression, most people find dads using the thumbs-up emoji to respond to anything they want to share as extremely amusing. This is the realization that their dad or grandpa' message is sincere and simple which makes it funny when you’re used to internet culture.

In the end, we can only deduce that there’s no ulterior motive behind parents using the thumbs-up emoji. They’re not trying to mock you, they’re only sharing their appreciation in the simplest way they know how by sending the thumbs-up emoji.

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