Lol has got to be one of the most overrated short-forms of expression, primarily because most of us rarely laugh out loud, let alone let a chuckle slip, while typing.
Best case scenario, it is a response to something that’s vaguely eye-brow raising and in the worst case, it is merely the go-to response when we are simply too lazy to invest in an answer that quite frankly, doesn’t warrant more than three letters.
So, it should come as no surprise that Facebook has officially ruled ‘lol’ dead.
A recent study, showed that most Facebook users prefer ‘haha,’ ’emojis’ and even ‘hehe’ to the dreaded lol.
The social media giant launched its research following an article published in The New Yorker deconstructing the various ways we express our e-laughter — haha, ha and hehe.
Writer Sarah Larson said: “the “ha” is like a Lego, a building block, with which we can construct more elaborate hilarity.”
She goes on to state that our expressions vary with gender and age.
According to Facebook’s study, she is right. Those who use laughter emojis (classified below) are slightly younger than the haha people.
On the other hand, lol users are the oldest of us all and in terms of gender, it is the least favourite expression among men and women. Both preferred to use ‘haha’ over emojis and ‘hehe.’
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Facebook also gave the presidential candidates a little advice on how to perfect their e-laughs in the fight for the White House.
“The battleground states of Ohio and Virginia are haha states, while the candidates’ emoji games will surely be key in determining who emerges victorious in Florida.”
Perhaps the only exception to this rule is Trump. Surely all conversations around his election campaign are worth every e-laugh expression we have in our arsenal.