We’ve all known that feeling when the right word just doesn’t exist—but have you ever been at a loss for the right emoji? That may not seem like a great loss, but think again: “Emoji” was named Word of the Year for a reason. Those little pictographs are so useful for quickly communicating a specific attitude or tone of voice in a text message, and the right emoji is worth a thousand characters.
But are the right emoji available to convey our true experiences and attitudes as older people? Here’s what the iPhone offers us:
Our cellphones language hasn’t caught up with who we are, so Senior Planet came up with a starter set of emoji for elders. How many of these resonate?
Use this for, “We’re not naïve—we know enough not to automatically buy what you’re trying to sell us!”
Here We Go Again Face
Use this emoji when you can see it coming a mile off, whether “it” is a friend’s least endearing response or the next political quagmire.
Happy Mind Blown Face
Use this one to share your joy at having just done something you didn’t think you were capable of (but of course you are!)
Can’t Stop Me Face
You may have a physical challenge, but you’re doing just fine.
Get Off My Lawn Face
Use this classic “codger” retort with a healthy dose of irony.
I May Be Old But at Least I Saw All the Good Bands Face
What are we missing? Let us know which other emoji you’d like to see (and maybe we’ll draw it).