Digital Laughter: By The Numbers

LOL, Haha, or Emoji. Which one do you use?


[laf-ter, lahf-]


1. the action or sound of laughing

2. an inner quality, mood, disposition, etc., suggestive of laughter; mirthfulness

3. an expression or appearance of merriment or amusement.

4. Archaic. an object of laughter; subject or matter for amusement.

Laughter is within the top 1% of experiences that make life worth living, but how do we express it with text? Over the years, plugged-in humans have developed "LOL," "ROFL," "haha," emojis, (the list goes on for days) as placeholders for our favorite emotion. The data-nuts at Facebook recently measured the different variations of laughter people used over their Messenger app during a random week last May. Here is that data, broken down by type, age, gender, and region. You might find it interesting...

Whatever you choose to use, continue laughing!