London/New York City (Daily Mail/New Yorker) – Do you ‘LOL’?
Apparently not so much any more, according to a new Facebook study.
Inspired by an article in The New Yorker called ‘Hahaha vs Hehehe’, the social networking giant decided to look into ‘e-laughing’ and how patterns have changed.
The study analyzed posts in the last week of May and found that the most common laugh is ‘haha’, followed by various emoji and ‘hehe’.
How we laugh online: A new Facebook study researching ‘e-laughing’ found that the term ‘lol’ – or laughing out loud- has essentially been phased out and replaced by ‘haha’, ‘hehe’ or emoji
These maps show how e-laughs are used in different states. The darker the green, the more popular a laugh is in that state. ‘Lol’ and emoji registered more in Florida while the west coast uses more of ‘hehe’
This graph shows how different cities use certain online laughing methods, with ‘haha’ peaking in Seattle and emojis highest in Chicago
However, the study did not look at direct messages, which could be where most people would e-laugh.
Of the posts that were looked at, some 15 per cent of people who commented or posted laughed in some way.
‘Haha’ won out with 51 per cent.
Emoji took second place with 33 per cent. ‘Hehe’ followed with 13 per cent.
Only a tiny 2 per cent posted ‘lol’, which was once the go-to phrase for online laughing.