Haha and Hehe is the new medium people use to express laughter now.
Facebook has carried out an extensive study on the nature of internet laughter. According to Facebook they have checked all the ways people express laughter. They have ruled ‘LOL’ is dead. A range of other laughter expressions have taken its place. The laughter expressions vary in terms of age, gender and location.
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In the survey Facebook arranged the laughter forms into four different categories. Haha, Hehe, Lol and Emoji were the categories. All four of the categories included different ranges. For example Haha also included the Hahahaa.
Facebook found a majority of people use Haha category as an expression of laughter. 51.4% used Haha, while 33.7% used emojis. 13.1% use Hehe to convey laughter. While only 1.9 percent use ‘LOL’ to convey laughter anymore.
The study found Haha and Emoji is being used by a majority of internet users. While the younger users use Hehe and the older tend to use the ‘LOL’
Study also shows women like to use more emojis than men do. Men usually just stick to the ‘Haha’ category. In the US it was found the emojis are exceptionally more popular in Chicago. Also in Chicago ‘Hehe’ is used a whole lot less by the entire Facebook population.
For the study Facebook used massive amounts of data to evaluate the results. The results were then even published as an essay in the New York Times. The essay focused on the nature of laughter today.
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The data used by Facebook comes from posts and comments on Facebook. Conversations from Messenger were not included in the evaluation. So it is possible people express laughter differently in private conversations.