Okay, so there are two very different definitions for the label 'emo'.

First version (usually used by non-emos): Emos are attention seekers who live regular lives like every other teenager in Britain but cannot handle the strain as well as everyone else. They say that they are individuals, yet listen to ‘emo music’, hang out in ‘emo groups’ and buy ‘emo clothes’ with their pocket money. They hang out in dark rooms generally ignoring the happy things in life and talk about how depressed they are all the time. Most lie about cutting themselves in order for people to feel sorry for them without actually experiencing any pain at all. Others do it as an ‘initiation’ ceremony in order to become fully emo. ‘Cutting’ is a fad – what on earth does it help? You feel sad, so you cut yourself to make you feel… better? They don’t appreciate what they have, and do not realise how bad other peoples' lives are in comparison to their own. Emo is just an ever-increasingly popular ‘group’ which people want to be part of. It is a group for kids without an identity, looking for a bit of melodrama and ‘deeper levels of understanding’. To be honest, the kids who REALLY have a life not worth living aren’t even in the emo club – they just try to get through each day until it gets better.

Second version (usually used by TRUE emos – i.e. those who actually have a reason to be depressed): Kids who have had the misfortune to go through circumstances which are incredibly depressing. For example, parental divorce, death of a loved one, and loneliness. They listen to music which explains how they feel, enjoy hanging around with people who understand how they feel, and buy clothes that express to the world about how they feel. Only some kids cut themselves. Cutting can become addictive, and it distracts from the inner pain. It can be hard when youre labelled in the street because of what you wear, and can sometimes make depression worse. Being a ‘half-emo’ can also mean that you just like black and emo clothes and haircuts, and enjoy gigs and mosh pits. Some people that you like because theyre genuinely nice people, could be emo, and fun to hang around with.

Nearly every single teenager has wanted some form of attention or feeling of belonging at some time or other, and being emo could be the solution to some. Don’t hate people because of what they are labelled. Get to know them – they may be more like you than you think.
Person: 'Hey dude, look over there, some damn emos with their black hoodies and weird hair... jeez man theyre such attention seekers'
Friend: 'Err... you own a black hoodie, and all they've done is grown their hair long, man.'
Person:'Umm... oh be quiet, fool'

Cheerleader:'Oh my god, that girl is like, SOO weird - she is like, always DEPRESSED and shit!'
Friend:'Weren't you crying on the phone to me the other night because your boyfriend dumped you? You seemed pretty depressed then...'
Cheerleader:'Oh shuttup'
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Emo just means emotional it does not mean that you sit alone in your room and cut your self and do drugs. Most emos don't do drugs, cut themselves, have eating disorders or and of that garbage. Pretty much the most radical part of being emo is just being a vegetarian. Being emo is not a bad thing either
There are Plenty of emos who i know and love but one who i can just think of off the top of my head is Pete Wentz he does not do drugs he does not cut himself the most radical thing he does is wear eyeliner. and as a mater of fact i am emo the most radical thing i have done is gone Veg.
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A faggot that has no friends, most kill themself and get raped by there dads
Im a emo looser, im a dirty faggot and gets bonnas over my dad and mum
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A subculture that has turned to posers recently who call themselves emo
True "emos" actually are sensitive and caring but usually arent happy with life because of something wrong inside or somthing wrong at home.To them the name is Derogitory.

Anyone who actually calls themself or names their music emo are posers who are attentionwhores so they follow trends and act "emo" dress "emo" and only hang around "emos"
Poser1: OmG im an emo!!
*has tight cloths on creepy screamo shirt and eye covering hair that sticks up in the back*

poser2:ZOMG ur sooo hard core

person: noobs you dont know what its like you communist B*st*rds
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Okay. I'm gonna give you my insight on the word emo. Emo isn't:
- Wrist slitting
- Suicide thinking
- Tight jean wearing
- Scarves year-round
- Face covering hair
- Converse
- Depresing music with pointless choruses
-Crazy eye make-up

Emo has concepts which are hidden behind stereotypes and MTV's lies. Emo isn't simply a way to dress. Nor is it an easy way to get girls. Emos may wear tight clothes and worn out shoes. Worn our shoes are comfortable and band t-shirts support your favorite bands. Crying shows your not made of stone. Writing poetry shows creativity. Emos usually write poetry about things that have happened recently in their lives. Sometimes this helps them get better insight on what happened and helps them get through it. I know it helps me get through everything. Some may even write songs. Emos usually have a reason to be emotional such as being raped, beaten, or ignored as a child, especially by someone you love.

Cutting has been stereotyped to emos. Not all cutters are emos and not all emos are cutters.

Emo music is brought from the writters' experience in relationships and family issues in some case. I believe the music tells kids that they're not alone in the world. Sometimes you need that feeling when you feel alone and useless.

For everyone that thinks emos all sit in dark corners and cry as they slit their wrists, I think you're wrong. They may sit in dark corners and they might cry, but it's not your problem. You don't like them then stay away from them. They are coping with their own problems that don't need to put up with the shit you're giving them too. Get a fucking life. If you have nothing better to do then make fun of them, you must be a fucking loser.

Losers w/ no life ragging on emos.

Kyle- Dude, did you see that emo kid?
Matt- I know dude, did you see his eyeliner? What the fuck is up with that?
Kyla- Dude, I know. His pants were like so fucking tight. You could practically see his dick.
Matt- Dude, why do you know that???
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This is my definition of emo based on a conversation with my "emo" son and his friends because...well I can. I have concluded that there is no definition of emo. I was told that THEY are unique individuals, which by my upbringing describes everyone on the planet. Oh, they listen to a certain type of music (don't we all), they wear bleak-colored clothing, have piercings and are emotional.

So here goes my definition....Emo people are an excuse to hate everyone around you and mutilate yourself. Nothing more in a world of take-a-pill, make excuses for not doing anything with your life and blame everyone else for your condition. After intercepting a letter from my emo son's emo girlfriend, I read "I hate my big sister. She is such a b$#*ch and doesn't pay attention to me. Cutting and suicide seem so real right now." Every teenage girl that has a big sister hates her at one point in her life. And this lifestyle has been perpetuated by leaving our children alone, not teaching them proper values of life, not looking into what they are doing.

If the emo children were brought up in my household they would be thinking...."oh yeah exactly, cutting sounds so glamorous." Obviously, sarcastically. Can't these kids just be individuals with differences without all the loathing they portray????

Anyway, this comes from a 40 year old mom with wild hair, tattoos, piercings, listening to heavy metal music (along with all other genres). Am I emo????????
Emo people living in disgust
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A person of indiscriminate gender.
Bi-curious tendencies.
Unawareness of gender roles.
An excuse for guys, to act like girls.
Someone who wears expensive shrunken clothes to express their pessimism of the world.
A person who of high-class, but searches for a good excuse, to appear unaccepted and to act like they've had a hard life.
Rick: Hi
Emo: ...
Rick: You look sad.
Emo: I am sad.
Rick: Why?
Emo: I'm always sad.
Rick: Is there any thing I can do?
Emo: Want to release our pain through the cutting of flesh.
Rick: ?!?!
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Modern-day punk rock music genre. Emo music can be associated with any not-so-rebellious punk rock.
Not to be associated with any persons wearing tight pants, "cutting themselves", and boohooing about how much life sucks.
The people who claim to be emo are nothing more than emotional punk-rockers. Nuff said.
"Emo" kid: *cuts wrist* I'm so depressed. Life sucks.

Punk rocker: *spray paints on walls* Down with the establishment!

Emo is basically the evolved form of a punk rocker. Sad.
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