When parents use emojis on whatsapp


ufff! How have we squirmed in the last few weeks when the news in the familyWhatsapp-Chats heated up, memes spread and emojis fired! Good wishes to come, videos of babies who can burp the ABC, wise advice, pictures of walks (by far!) and of course countless articles about what you can do where and when. But nothing, really nothing, was served in these groups as scalding as gags, corona gags, of course.

Because the family chat is the place for bad humor and outdated internet jokes. Incidentally, closely followed by the office group chat.

In the corona-Time has made a phenomenon particularly widespread. The joke that we saw at least two weeks ago on Instagram or TikTok or Twitter or somewhere else and didn't find it funny then appears again, mostly in imitation, in the family chat, for example as a poorly staged video. The reactions to it are always the same: booming laughter until you cry, i.e. broken laugh emojis with the crocodile tears of laughter that just spurt out on both sides.

What got into our parents?

An example. A woman, apparently filmed at home in front of a desolate wallpaper, is asked: "You have to be in quarantine for two weeks now, there are two options. A: You are quarantining with your husband and children. Or B: ...” And the woman calls out: “B!, B!”. Muahahahaha, laughter smiley, cover your eyes smiley, grin smiley with Sailor Moon droplets top right, cry smiley, tears of laughter smiley. Okay, we laughed the first time too. Only: The gag has been around for years in a similar version. And during this time you are bombarded with these jokes from all sides so that you just want to crawl into a room that is empty of jokes and air – after all, that works quite well in isolation, by the way.

Crocodile-tear laugh, hearty-eyed grin, cry-me-a-river-sad: Today almost everyone understands this form of expression.


Crocodile-tear laugh, hearty-eyed grin, cry-me-a-river-sad: Today almost everyone understands this form of expression.
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Image: Emoji Island


It's a bit like back then, when our parents suddenly discovered Whatsapp and greeted us with kissing smileys, heart-emoji and digital glitter dust - and that at a time when we ourselves considered it the pinnacle of intellectual composure to fight our way through the Facebook timeline and StudiVZ messages completely emoji-free. We found that embarrassing! Indecent!



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