Date
22 July 2017
Facebook users are switching to more graphic expressions to convey humor and giving 'lol' the boot. Photo: Facebook
Facebook users are switching to more graphic expressions to convey humor and giving 'lol' the boot. Photo: Facebook

Facebook says this isn’t funny anymore. Lol

Pretty soon, you’ll have stop using this popular expression if you want to humor someone.

It’s no longer funny.

Facebook says lol (laugh out loud) is dying as more users switch to more graphic tools such as emoticons.

And if they want to telegraph their youthful giggles, they use an emoji. 

What’s wrong with “ha ha” or “he he”?

Nothing. In fact, “ha ha” was the most popular expression to convey humor in a recent Facebook survey.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that only 1.9 percent of users are “lol”-ing, meaning the expression could soon be going the way of once popular phrases such as “rotfl” (rolling on the floor laughing) and “lmao” (laughing my a** off).

Tyler Schnoebelen, a linguist and head data scientist at Idibon, a language processing company, said he was surprised by how few people were “lolling.”

But he said emoji usage was consistent.

“We’re at a near peak of the number of people using emoji right now,” he said. “It’s very much the current thing to do.”

For its study, Facebook looked at a week’s worth of posts and comments in May, scrubbed of identifying information, with at least one string of laughing characters.

It identified laughing characters as “ha ha”, “he he”, emoji and “lol”.

The laugh study found 15 percent of people included laughter in a post or a comment.

“Ha ha” users appear to have more fun. They repeat the two-letter syllable more often than the others, such as “ha ha ha” and “ha ha ha ha.”

One sample Facebook detected had over 600 letters.

Men are more likely to “he he” while women are more likely to “ha ha” or share an emoji, according to the data.

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