Facebook study looks at how people laugh online

The social network found that most users use “haha” or emojis to express laughter virtually; “lol” is on its way out. 

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A new Facebook study takes a look at the way people laugh online, such as “haha, “hehe,” “lol” and “LMAO.”

The social network took a look at posts and comments during the last week of May, and found that 15 percent of users had laughed online during the week.

The results are pretty interesting, with most (51.4 percent) Facebook users opting for “haha.” That was followed a laughing emoji, which 33.7 percent used. “Hehe” came in at 13 percent. Most surprisingly, to folks like me—who still secretly long for the days of dial up and Prodigy—”lol” was used sparingly by a mere 2 percent of virtual laughers.

The study also found that laughter types break down pretty well by region. West coasters go for “haha” and “hehe,” while east coasters generally opt for emojis.

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