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    Gen Z Is Telling Us To Stop Using The Laughing Emoji, And Millennials Officially Feel Ancient

    *stares nervously at emoji keyboard*

    If you've been keeping up at all with the millennial/Gen Z discourse, you know that Gen Z'ers have proclaimed that lots of things millennials do are lame, including wearing skinny jeans and our precious side parts.

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    But I'm not here to talk about them right now. I'm here to talk about this guy right here:

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    Yep, the good ol' laughing-crying emoji we've used in many group chats over the years to react to something funny has now officially been deemed old and lame by the youths of Gen Z.

    @stef0nie

    People who use this emoji scare me #laughingemoji #fyp #ChiliDogYum

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    Apparently, it's a real deal breaker.

    @ptarazzz

    just walk away w those dry emojis πŸ™„πŸ€š #fyp#foryou#foryoupage#NewYearNewMiO#WinterFit#WithoutTellingMe#CobraKaiChop #emojis#laughingemoji#drytexters

    ♬ whole lotta cap - 𝐑𝐨𝐰𝐝𝐲𝐯𝐫𝐨

    They're even blocking TikTok comments with the emoji so they'll never lay eyes on it again!

    @blvkerogers

    I have officially banned all laughing#nomorelaughing #nomorelaughingemoji #laughing #laughingemoji #provemewrong #provethemwrong

    ♬ Buttercup - Jack Stauber

    I guess, according to my research β€” aka me scrolling for hours on TikTok/the internet β€” we're supposed to use the skull emoji instead now???

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    Or maybe...the actual crying emoji????

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    Some millennials, like @charliemcclendon_, are taking it pretty hard.

    @charliemcclendon_

    no seriously what emoji do I use now I feel like that’s the only emoji that captures how I feel when I laugh #fyp

    ♬ THE STORY OF US TSWIFT - kelsey

    It's been a pretty devastating shock.

    @brockschnoke

    You did this for what? #laughingemoji #funny #genz #millennialsoftiktok #gay #fyp

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    @bruhbruhski pointed out that we'll now have to try and navigate which emoji to use in order to seem ~cool~ based on who we're texting!

    @bruhbruhski

    Like who was the first person to used this as a laughing emoji #emoji #imdead #bruh #texting #relatable #vibe

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    Meanwhile, @trav.the.voice stepped up to defend the πŸ˜‚ emoji.

    @trav.the.voice

    Like Idk how people put 😭 as a laughing emoji #fypsounds #newyear #MyStyle #funny #fyp

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    @kateluckinbillconner let the Gen Z'ers know that she's not about to just give up on an emoji that's gotten her through so much.

    @kateluckinbillconner

    Stop telling me what to do genz! #eldermillenial #millennialsoftiktok #spicegirls #laughingcryingemoji

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    And @janeration72 pointed out that we don't use the emoji because we think life is THAT funny β€” it's actually because we're laughing through the pain.

    @janeration72

    And with that, here’s πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #laughcry #emoji #korean #momsoftiktok #soysaucemoms #millennialsoftiktok

    ♬ OLD AF - YourFunnyUnniπŸ˜‚

    In the end, we should probably consider the true victim in all of this: the πŸ˜‚ emoji itself.

    @down.to.clown

    Poor πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Emoji #emoji #laugh #isthiswhoweare

    ♬ OHMYGAWDISTHISWHOWEr - felicia

    Me after I buy a pair of mom jeans, start parting my hair down the middle and adopt the πŸ’€ emoji in all my group chats:

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