The Facebook Guide To Laughing On The Internet

The Facebook Guide To Laughing On The Internet

Facebook conduct an experiment to show how we laugh online.

Back in May, Facebook breached our privacy and monitored all our Facebook posts and comments - for science. In a bid to see how we express laughter online, the results show how much people laugh, how they laugh, what laugh they use at certain ages, how long they laugh and which gender laughs the most on the interwebs. The study took place solely on posts and comments posted onto Facebook, so you don't have to worry about Facebook infiltrating your messages and seeing your nudes and shocking attempts at flirting. We're not gonna go into too much detail about all the stats, as we think Facebook do a pretty good job at explaining it in the photos below.

number of laughs

This one is pretty easy to read. On Facebook terms, a URL laugh counts as a "haha", "hehe", "lol" or a generally happy emoji.

what laugh they use

This one is also pretty simple. The reign of lol has more or less demolished in the way of the simple "haha" or the even simpler laughing face emoji.

age of laughter

Breaking News: Young people use emojis, older people use "lol", probably because some of them still think it means "lots of love", like my Grandma. 

number of letters

This data shows the most people are sane and use one emoji at a time, but some people (obviously born in the depths of hell/are twelve years old) need 12 laughing-face emojis to explain how much air they breathe out of their nose than usual. Same goes with "haha", most use four letters, but some people think a "hahahahahahahahahaha" is more appropriate, same goes with "hehe".

laughter type vs gender

This one shows that more females use "lol" and emojis, where as guys typically go for the easy "haha" or "hehe".


In case that's not enough data for your day, there is a bit more available on Facebook HERE.

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