People Speechless After Gen-Zers Explain The Real Meaning Of Cute Eyes Emoji

A 30-year-old 'elderly student' has learnt the real meaning of the cute eyes emoji after sharing a dorm with Gen-Z students.
Credit: @genwhyscarlett/TikTok & Apple

A 30-year-old ‘elderly student’ has shared her experience of sharing a dormitory with younger students – otherwise known as Gen Zers – and how she’s learned the true meaning of some emojis.

Emojis are a huge part of our discourse, with people using them in everyday conversations over text or direct messages.

Each one can have a number of meanings though.

A laughing face to one person means they’ve found something funny, but to someone else, it could be a sarcastic response.

The crying face also has many meanings, from sadness to overwhelming joy.

Then there is the aubergine emoji – which we all know doesn’t just represent fruit.

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Scarlett is best known by her TikTok account @genwhyscarlett, and she describes herself as an ‘elderly student’.

In a post that has been viewed 4.5 million times, the TikToker shares how shocked she is after learning the X-rated meanings behind some of her favourite emojis.

Chatting to BuzzFeed, she says: “Group chats are a big thing with them [students], so the rapid-fire communication style has been a learning curve for me. Specifically with emojis, memes, and phrases.

“I’m the first one to laugh at myself for being old and obsolete, so I’m always asking questions and my Gen Z peers are more than happy to indulge me.”

Scarlett and cute eye emoji.
The TikToker has discovered what the cute eye emoji really means. Credit: @genwhyscarlett/TikTok

In a clip showing the cute eyes emoji in question, she says: “This, for some godforsaken reason means either ‘innocent’ or ‘h***y’.”

Scarlett adds that the thumbs-up emoji is supposed to be passive-aggressive, while the upside-down smiley face means ‘f*** my life’.

She also found out that cherries apparently mean b***s.

@genwhyscarlett 🤯 #emojis #genzhumor #millennials #millennialsoftiktok #themoreyouknow ♬ original sound – Scarlett

People have taken to the comments to react to her discovery, with one person saying: “This is unfortunate because I use this [thumbs up emoji] at work all the time.”

Someone else writes: “I use the thumbs up non-passive aggressively so uh maybe I need to go apologise to some people.”

A third adds: “That’s why this girl got crazy mad at me when I gave a thumbs-up reaction to a Facebook message?! I respond that way to everything! IRL too!”

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Another person says: “I used to have a coworker who used [upside down smiley face emoji] to mean deliriously happy and I was so confused.”

A fifth viewer comments: “OK but have [eye emoji] mean ‘I’m listening’ is actually perfect since you are reading the texts lol.”

“I thought the cute eye emoji meant something was really cute,” somebody else writes.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.