'LOL' is becoming extinct very fast, says study

A Facebook study which checks the current state of "e-laughing" says LOL has been replaced by "haha" and emoji.

Facebook carried out a study to determine the most commonly used forms of laughter via text on its site

According to a Facebook study, LOL, the acronym for "laugh out loud" and once the universal sign of online amusement, is fading away, and very quickly too.

The Facebook study which checks the current state of "e-laughing" says LOL has been replaced by "haha" and emoji. Just 1.9% of posts feature LOL, the site says, compared with 51.4% for "haha".

Emoji comes second with 33% while "hehe" follows with 13%.

The study also found a gender difference in how people express their amusement on the social network, with men using more "haha" or "hehe" and women sticking to emoji.

The study was carried out after a feature published in The New Yorker magazine in April observing the different ways which people show amusement via text.

Facebook noticed, and decided to analyze posts from the US in the last week of May, and has now published its findings.

Apart from gender differences, how people laugh online is also influenced by age and location.

LOL is used by older Facebook users, with an average age of 28 - while users in their early 20s were more likely to show their laughter through emoji.

Facebook analyzed public posts for the study, and did not look at expressions of laughter in private messages sent via its Messenger platform.

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