There are two reasons why people shrug their shoulders.
A person shrugging his or her shoulders either does not care much about what you’re talking about or simply has no knowledge about the topic.
Fortunately, there’s a Lenny shrug face, too. And they are better in depicting one’s indifference or lack of something to say than a person’s usual shrug. This is all thanks to the raised arms that come in every Lenny shrug.
You can use shrug in forums, too. When someone in a conversation thread, throws a question for example, and another one does not possess the answers, then the shrug comes handy. Or when someone does not care much for a topic, then sending the Lenny face shrug can shut down the poser from talking more about the topic.
Shrug face is also used as a shortcut for saying ‘I don’t know’ instead of typing ‘IDK’.
The shrug is also popularly known as ‘shruggie’, probably to make the face’s name sound more endearing.
But that’s not all there is to the Lenny shrug face or shruggie. In fact, there’s a rich history to this face. While it has been around for sometime, its popularity rocketed after Kanye West infamously interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 Music Television Awards. Someone tweeted the shruggie with the caption ‘Kanye Shug’ and the internet went crazy and came up with the shrug face for every kind of electronic communication.
Online shrug or shruggies are used again and again to depict indifference, lack of knowledge or care. All thanks to Kanye West’s action, the internet has found a cool way of expressing the phrases ‘i don’t know’ or ‘i don’t give a damn. All that takes to say these expressions are several characters, nine, to be exact, including slashes, underscores, parentheses and macrons or overlines.