‘Haha’ is the new ‘lol’

‘Haha’ is now the most popular, pushing ‘lol’ from its perch.

Just when you thought you’d finally mastered the meaning of ‘lol’, and how and when to use it properly, the internet lingo has changed again.

In case you didn’t know, Facebook has been conducting analytics research, and a new report into how users express laughter online has revealed that the term ‘haha’ is now the most popular, pushing ‘lol’ from its perch.

Looking at anonymous comments and posts, Facebook’s data team found that ‘haha’ and its variants accounted for 51.4 per cent of humour expressions. Laughter emoji represented 33.7 per cent and ‘hehe’ and its variants accounted for 13.1 per cent of humour expressions. After many years’ standing as the internet’s most recognised acronym, ‘lol’ appeared in only 1.3 per cent of the sampled Facebook text.  

Facebook also found a correlation between the types of internet laughter expressions and the demographics most using them. Emoji were found to be most popular with younger internet users and females, while ‘haha’, ‘hehe’ and ‘lol’ were used most by progressively older individuals.

Read more at The Verge.

Are you a ‘haha’, ‘hehe’ or ‘lol’ user? Is  Facebook’s findings likely to influence your choice of internet laughter expression?





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    ourjeffie
    12th Aug 2015
    10:07am
    lol

    oops, I mean haha
    buby
    17th Aug 2015
    10:02am
    llolololol back at you lol. Who cares what facebooks thoughts are if i wanna keep using lol i will :) lol
    Strummer
    12th Aug 2015
    12:06pm
    Must be a slow news day
    buby
    17th Aug 2015
    10:04am
    indeed/ what NO news on how much more money is being wasted by the politicians, we'd all like to know more.
    There's always so much more to learn!
    migmag
    12th Aug 2015
    12:08pm
    Tricky words these. lol and haha! can't people think of their own appropriate words. Sort of sums up Facebook really.
    roy
    12th Aug 2015
    12:46pm
    Hear hear.
    Polly Esther
    12th Aug 2015
    2:00pm
    Flumadiddle
    particolor
    12th Aug 2015
    4:08pm
    YGBJ !! :-)
    biddi
    12th Aug 2015
    4:58pm
    So what's the new ROTFLMO?
    particolor
    12th Aug 2015
    7:08pm
    TF TF He He
    DiPW
    12th Aug 2015
    7:23pm
    I'm a hehehe person.
    particolor
    12th Aug 2015
    7:25pm
    :-)
    Young Simmo
    12th Aug 2015
    11:32pm
    I often have a problem with this.
    Does it mean
    (A) Lot's of Laughs
    OR
    (B) Lot's of love.
    I just assume that if it is from a male it is (A), and from a female it can be (A) or (B).
    The Sheila's always have a bob each way.
    Chris G
    13th Aug 2015
    6:44am
    Young Simmo, it means "laughing out loud".
    Jennome
    13th Aug 2015
    11:31am
    LoL used to mean Little Old Lady ... back in the day.
    Kristy000
    17th Aug 2015
    10:13pm
    I didn’t even notice when “Lol” becomes outdated. One must admit that it is a usual thing to happen with popular sighs, pictures, slang words, and shortenings. As for me laughing emojis became more popular, as they can show wider range of laugh and smile kinds. It seems like we are moving back to the ICQ and it gives some nice feelings to those who remember times of the ICQ. If somebody wants to know history of IT and social networks welcome to this site
    MILA
    4th Sep 2015
    11:56am
    I think most of us do not need to keep with this "trend" - howevr, TKS FOR LET US ALL KNOW.
    HA HA HA = IN SPANISH JA JA JA - OK IT IS AS HO - HO - HO - OR LOL: LET US KEEP THE GOOD VIBES.......AND SMILES


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