With MailOnline dishing out some questionable advice on emojis for the older generation, the Hound’s Gen Z dog-walker was confused to say the least.

Who knew that a thumbs-up emoji should “never be used in any situation,” (passive aggressive, apparently..) or that it makes you look old if you use the poo emoji? No wonder one comment read: “Im sure my parents lost faith in my generation when I was in my late teens, but this generation (in their 20s) is an absolute disaster!”

So what do you do to avoid looking old (or young), or, god forbid, cause someone to think you are being ever so slightly passive aggressive? The latest Mail advice on emojis comes from an interview with business consultant, Sue Ellson, who says its time to take the younger generation’s lead and drop some of the more passe symbols. Ellson also reckons that words are better than emojis in a professional world and claims that people are disillusioned by the ‘all good’ icon. 

Confused ? Yes, we thought so. Thankfully, the Hound has compiled a useful guide for the not-so-emoji-savvy, to help you avoid a workplace faux pas.

Emojis are more straight forward than they might appear to the uninitiated – they do tend to represent real life gestures and emotions after all.

So you need not fear using the dreaded thumbs-up emoji – if the “aggressiveness” of the gesture offends any youngster, then your mutterings about the “snowflake generation” are perhaps justified after all. 

Then again, if you wouldn’t do the gesture to someone’s face, don’t send it on WhatsApp. Simples.

As for avoiding appearing old. Just don’t overdo it – please. Why send 17 emojis when just one would do the job. As one youthful Reaction staff member pointed out to the Hound, you wouldn’t get this from a Gen Zer (called Zoomers, according to The Google?): “Have a nice day 🐱🙂🍎🥰👍❤🤗.”

But what does it matter if you appear old… you are? Own it.