How do you emoji?

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When it comes to emoji use, the way generations use them may surprise you.  

Recently, BuzzFeed asked teenagers, 30-somethings and people in their 50s about their thoughts on emojis and what the different icons mean to them. The results are shockingly different from generation to generation, but it is fascinating to see the different interpretations.

Gen Z uses emojis in an ironic way, as a joke or imitation, while millennials send emojis for shorthand responses. However, they say they also make texting more fun. Gen X uses emojis in a literal – and practical – way.

Check out the full survey to see how different generations use your favorite emoji. The results just might surprise you.

Jessica Small, The Alaska 100