(WSJ) — The cool kids at Facebook Inc. are telling e-laughers everywhere that “haha” and emoji are in, and “lol” is out.
Facebook last week released a report analyzing how its users convey laughter. The way they expressed humor changed based on gender, age and geography. No joke: “lol” users are older than “haha” and “hehe” people. If you want to telegraph your youthful giggles, use an emoji.
“Haha” was the most popular choice, with more than half of all laughs, while emojis accounted for a third. It seems “lol” -- the popular acronym for laugh out loud -- is no longer hip. 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).
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