Important Facebook Report: Nobody Uses 'Lol' Anymore, 'Haha' And Emojis Are Where It's At

August 11, 2015

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In a recent study of the way people express laughter on Facebook (which is a real study that actually took place), the company found that good old fashioned 'lols' are basically dead in the water, and 'haha' and emojis are now the preferred method of lying to someone and making them think something that they said was funny. Some copy/pasted info while I bang my head on my desk until I can only see color blobs.

A new report from Facebook into how users express laughter shows that "haha" and its variants are by far the most common terms used on the social network. They accounted for 51.4 percent of mirth in the anonymized comments and posts looked at by Facebook's data team, with laughter emoji claiming 33.7 percent, and "hehe" and its cognates 13.1 percent. The once-mighty "lol" only appeared in 1.9 percent of the text sampled by Facebook -- a pretty staggering fall for an expression that was once synonymous with online txt speak.

Only 1.9% lols?! I find that hard to believe. I still see a ton of lols on Facebook. A TON. Of course most of my friends aren't very cool or up with the times or are at least 60 years old so maybe that's why. Personally, when I'm talking to someone on Facebook and pretending they said something funny I usually drop a 'hahaha' or 'LOLOL'. If I actually think what they said is funny I'll hit them with a 'ahahahahahhahah aahhahah' or 'JUST SHIT PANTS'. So there you have it, Facebook friends, now you know all the times I've ever lied to you.

Thanks to Aisha, who expresses internet laughter the way God intended: on MySpace. It's coming back.

  • Forblat

    ASCII ART FTW BRUH

    (⌐■_■)--︻╦╤─ - - - (╥﹏╥)

  • HA HA HA. Facebook?

    Facebook is where old people go to hook up and cheat on their spouses while they watch their high school classmates die of middle-age diseases mostly brought on by overeating, a lack of exercise, cigarettes and drug abuse.

    For the rest, Facebook became the replacement MySpace for those who don't know how to use the Internet for entertainment and for learning.

  • KLanD

    Ask me if I care.. lol.

  • Andyman7714

    IDGAF LOL!

  • Chaz Gomez

    Nope... Don't believe it... What I do believe is that this article is a part of a Facebook study to see if social media can influence users to stop using lol and use something else... Well I won't fall to your tricks... L.O.L.

  • Forgoten Null

    Wait, people actually care about Facebook? Kek

  • Adaline

    I only use haha as sarcasm or if something wasn't that funny

  • haha

  • Madgame

    I'm more of a ROFLCOPTER guy myself.

  • MustacheHam

    "haha" sounds a lot hardier compared to the "LOL", that's how I feel about it.

  • Bling Nye

    haha lol, FU.

  • RetroPAT

    I hope that "important Facebook Report" was sarcastic, 'cause i don't give a flying fuck.

  • I'm ahead of the curve. I've been using "haha" instead of "lol" for years! haha!! See?

  • Ken Farris

    Wait...... Facebook is reading my haha's and lol's? I thought they were confidential. I am so embarrassed.

  • ODwanKenObi

    I still use "lol" more than "haha." I guess im just old school lol.

  • Geez. Get with the hip kids already, old person. HAHA!!!

  • ODwanKenObi

    you damn kids and your new-fangled laughing abbreviations. Get off my lawn!!1

  • tim

    I see more people writing "lol" at their own comments than as a response by anyone else, as if they're cuing their own laughtrack.

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