Generation Z reveal which hand gestures they find the least cool

Playing air guitar, giving a double thumbs up and signing an imaginary cheque for the bill: Generation Z reveal which hand gestures they find the least cool

  • 38 per cent of adults aged 18 to 29 believe that the air guitar is cringeworthy
  • Three in 10 Generation Z also believe the double thumbs up is unfashionable
  • 87 per cent of young Brits believe crossing fingers secretly to lie is acceptable

Generation Z have revealed which hand gestures are at risk of being lost forever due to them being ‘uncool’ and ‘old-fashioned’. 

A survey found that 38 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 29 believe playing an imaginary guitar is the least cool hand gesture a person can make – claiming it was cringeworthy and old fashioned. 

The double thumbs up came a close second, with three in ten Gen Zs believing this gesture to be deeply unstylish.

Also on the list of hand gestures indicative of age was the act of pretending to write a cheque in the air to indicate you want a bill in a restaurant, which leaves 29 per cent of young Brits scratching their heads.

The double thumbs up comes a close second, with three in ten Gen Zs believing this gesture to be deeply uncool

The double thumbs up comes a close second, with three in ten Gen Zs believing this gesture to be deeply uncool

The act of pretending to write a cheque in the air to indicate you want a bill in a restaurant, leaves 29 per cent of young Brits scratching their heads

The act of pretending to write a cheque in the air to indicate you want a bill in a restaurant, leaves 29 per cent of young Brits scratching their heads

38 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 29 believe playing an imaginary guitar is the least cool

While 28 per cent of the Gen Zs surveyed said drinking a cup of tea with your pinky sticking out to try and be ‘posh’ was unfashionable. 

Gestures such as doing a fist pump and raising your finger to your lips to get people to shhh were deemed out of date by 19 per cent of young Brits.

Putting your thumb up as a sign of agreement and approval is also no-go for 19 per cent of Gen Zs, along with doing a double ‘A-OK’ sign with both hands (20 per cent of youngsters deem this cringey).

Claudia Crosse of insights agency Perspectus Global, which commissioned the survey, said: ‘It is fascinating to see which hand gestures are falling by the wayside, and which ones will make you seem uncool if you use them in front of younger Brits.

‘However, hand gestures are constantly evolving, so it’s not unfeasible to imagine that playing air guitar or doing a double thumbs up may one day come back in fashion.’

Raising your finger to your lips to get people to shhh was deemed out of date by 19 per cent of young Brits

A whopping 28 per cent of the Gen Zs surveyed said drinking a cup of tea with your pinky sticking out to try and be ‘posh’ was unfashionable

Gestures such as doing a fist pump was deemed out of date by 19 per cent of young Brits

The study also found almost half (48 per cent) of Brits believe that hand gestures are just as important as spoken words.

And a whopping 90 per cent said that hand gestures are constantly evolving, meaning ones that used to be common may end up making you look out of touch.

When it comes to long-standing hand gestures that Gen Zs still use, 87 per cent think crossing your fingers secretly to tell a lie is acceptable.

And 85 per cent sometimes use the ‘call me’ hand signal – with the thumb held near the ear and the little finger pointed at the mouth.

These are the five ‘old person’ office habits that Gen Z are cancelling – including making phone calls. 

This is a guide to the Gen Z slang young co-workers use in the office, which leaves older members of staff baffled at the meaning.

Top 10 least cool hand gestures according to Generation Z

1. Air guitar gesture 38% 

2. Double thumbs up 30% 

3. Pretending to write in the air to indicate you want the bill 29% 

4. Having your pinky up while drinking tea 28% 

5. Double A-ok sign 21%

6. Saluting 21% 

7. Punching a fist into your palm 20% 

8. Fist pump 19% 

9. Raised finger (to get people to stop talking) 19% 

10. Thumbs up 19% 

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