It’s hard to imagine that an acronym that began its life in 1980 is already dead (it first became a thing on Usenet forums), but findings from Facebook seem to prove just that. Turns out we are not using LOL all that much anymore. Instead, we are haha-ing or hehe-ing.
Facebook’s data reveals that 51.4 per cent of the people who laugh use “haha” (or “hahaha” or “hahahaha”), 33 per cent use Emoji, 13.1 per cent use “hehe” and a lowly 1.9 per cent use “lol” (or “LOL” or “lololol”).
So, is it any different for men and women? Not really. Both males and females engaging in a chuckle tend toward “haha” followed by an Emoji (no doubt the cry-laughing Emoji, or possibly the smiling poop). Though, digging deeper, there is some data that shows men preferred “haha” on its own, while women skipped the words and went straight for the Emoji.
And are you laughing your age? If you’re older, apparently you’re using lol the most. Meanwhile, kids are using Emoji, and haha and hehe are most used by the inbetweeners (around 25 to 28 years old).
So, basically, if you LOL’d, you’re old. Welcome to the evolution of language, which going by this LOL-troversy, only takes 35 years.