When you hear a nice joke or pun, do you use “ha”, “lol” or “haha”. Which one of the aforementioned has the greatest impact? Wait… what? Are these questions for real? Yes, and apparently a study conducted by Facebook has the answers as well.
According to this study, there are a lot of factors that determine which e-laughter you are going to use. Among these one may find age, gender and location. It also states that 15% of people include laughter in a post or comment every week.
So, who is winning after all? It seems that hahas hold the crown, with 51,4% of the demographics using it, when they want to communicate something funny. Sorry emoji, but you lost. Surprisingly enough (?) people in Chicago and New York prefer emoji, while Seattle and San Francisco prefer hahas. Points for SF.
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Apart from that, Facebook’s study found that across all age groups, from 13 to 70, the most common laughs are still haha, hahaha, hahahaha, and only then followed by hehe. Lols on the other hand, are mostly used by people well in their twenties and beyond.
If you have enough time to spare, or feel particularly intrigued to ready the complete study of laughter, you may find more info here.