The Brief: The shrug emoji indicates nonchalance or ignorance.
One might use this emoji earnestly in order to communicate a genuine lack of knowledge on a particular topic. The shrug can also signify a nonchalant or apathetic attitude. A more humorous use might be to pair the emoji with a contrastingly urgent sentiment.
Preceding the shrug emoji was the shrug emoticon: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Some users still use this version in order to create an exaggerated sense of non-concern. More creative users will replace the emoticon’s central smiley-face with other emojis, usually related to the context of their whole statement.
Pretty much 🤷♂️😂 pic.twitter.com/qSXRCKWTiy
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