Virtual language is constantly evolving, abbreviations change, emoji replace actual words and now the virtual laughs have changed from LOL to HaHa. Facebook has been conducting a study to assess the way people are actually laughing in the online territories of the social network.
Some of us prefer emoji to actual letters to describe the laughter, most of us use haha or hehe and few of us remained stuck in the old LOL business. According to the new piece of study, the way one LOL’s online depends on age, gender and location.
Haha is the most widely used type of e-laugh on the social network, as more than 51,4% of online laughter during the period Facebook used its testing was used by chat consumers. Then the emoji laughs have appeared, with no less than 33, 7% of users using them as a common way of expressing laughter. Hehe was the fourth most common type of laughter used on Facebook, with 13,1% in popularity and use and last but not least, we had the good old LOL, which came last, according to the data, with 1,9%.
Well, people laugh in various ways, both in the virtual space and in the real territories of life. In the virtual space, emoji characters seem to grow in popularity, slowly replacing the vocabulary which describes laughter.
To come up with the above mentioned findings, researchers observed one week’s posts and comments from May and aimed to see whether there was a democratic agreement about how to laugh on social media. It seems humans are seldom imaginative in their self-expression methods, with most of them sticking to the classical ways of expressing laughter or certain kinds of emotions. Virtual laughs have changed from LOL to HaHa but no original alternative to laughing has been envisioned yet.
In terms of recurrence, it seems that some users use a certain form of virtual laughter only once a week. Only 15% of those analyzed posted more than five chuckles. On the other hand, 20% of people used more than one form of laughter expression.
Sometimes we forget the laughter and we stick to the dark side of our emotions although the virtual space allows for all the freedom there is to be laidback and grab a healthy portion of laughter. Whether haha, hehe, LOL or emoji, laughter is healthy and we should follow a daily dose of humor in order to keep our mindset on an optimistic and progressive pathway.
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