It’s estimated that approximately 15 percent of people include laughs in their Facebook comments, expressing them in different ways. “Lol” is no longer a current acronym to express laughter, but now the “haha”’s and “hehe”’s are used. It’s widely known that “lol” stand for “laughing out loud”.
Facebook reported that it checked data according to posts and comments, and did not rely on their Messenger, as people may “cyber laugh” differently in their private chat sessions.
According to a recent check, Facebook has recorded that the “lol” formula is “dead”, as a series of different “virtual” laughs have occurred, depending on gender, age and location.
The social media giant analyzed its users’ posts and cataloged them according to different formulations: “haha”, “hehe”, emojis and, last but not least, “lol”. “Haha” included also “hahaha”, to be more precise, as the four categories embodied an array of laughter variants.
Facebook estimated that 51.4 percent of people who laughed used “haha”, 33.7 percent used “emoji”, “hehe” was at a 13.1 percentage, whereas “lol” displayed a percentage of 1.9.
The social media platform was influenced by a study which had been published in The New Yorker. Sarah Larson, author of the initial study, sorted out the modalities (words and symbols) in which people laugh on the Internet. Facebook decided to follow her example, using big data.
The findings were contrary to what common sense would indicate. Larson reported that youngsters would coerce elders to use “hehe”.
Facebook’s research, on the other hand, emphasized that “haha” was the primary formula of laughing of its users. Moreover, emojis were quite popular among adolescents, whereas lol was on a higher scale regarding adults or older Facebook consumers.
Larson also reported that the “ha” functions like a Lego piece, which facilitates more elaborate hilarity. People were inclined to stick ha’s and he’s together, too.
The use of haha’s and hehe’s did not vary that much, in terms of several grouping characteristics, as both men and women had the same common laugh method – haha, and then emoji, for example. But it was concluded that men liked haha more, whereas women preferred emojis.
People are inclined to laugh similarly also from a geographical point of view. Emojis and “hehe”‘s are really popular in Chicago, for example.
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