It's easy to blame millennials, who grew up on smiley and winky faces and now make up the majority of the workforce. But there's one problem: Millennials aren't the only ones who support using emojis at work.
In fact, people over 65 years old are more likely than any other age group to say it is "always appropriate" to send emojis to a direct manager, peer or subordinate, according to data from a recent survey by Adobe about email habits among white-collar workers.
That being said, older people are less likely to approve of emoji use overall, but the difference between age groups was not as big as you would expect. (Notice in the chart below, the bars are almost identical across the four age groups).