Though we pretty much accepted the acronym’s death after our parents started using it on the regular, “LOL” is officially dead, according to a new study conducted by Facebook. Monitoring the way people “laugh online” in posts and comments, Facebook found the most common laugh to be “haha” (51.4%), followed by various emojis (33.7%) and the creepier “hehe” (12.7%). Less than two percent of people are still laughing out loud, or at least telling people there are, with the lol-ing community making up a mere 1.9%.
Age, gender and location also played a major role in laughter type and length. Young people and women prefer emoji (insert salsa dancer emoji, here), whereas men seem to prefer hehe’s (insert creepy mustache man emoji, here). People living in larger cities like Chicago and New York prefer to use emojis to laugh, while Seattle and San Francisco natives prefer haha‘s.
To be honest, we’re completely shocked by the lack of creativity shown, here; what about “LBS” (Laughing, but serious), or “LMAOROTFBTCSTCNDBFOOTWIFOAGWLLBGWTHROOTS” (Laughing my ass off, rolling on the floor, biting the carpet, scaring the cat, nearly dying by falling out of the window in front of a guy who looks like Bill Gates, who then horrified, runs out on the street and is accidentally killed by a yellow bulldozer). Step up your game.