Do you want to sound cool in your next text message? Well stop using LOL. Only old people use LOL, according to a new study.
According to Quartz, Facebook has analyzed comments on posts that were supposed to be funny and found that while around 50 percent of users used “haha” more users are turning to emojis to express how they feel instead of LOL.
Quartz reports that only olds use the outdated acronym for “laughing out loud” on the internet, suggesting that its use is only for users who are in their 30s rather than their 20s.
Trying to further define how people laugh online, the research found that women emoji and LOL more than men, while male users haha and hehe more. Geographically, New York has been fastest to give up the LOL, while Phoenix, Arizona is more OK with it—and so is the south of the US in general, according to the study.
However, there are two things that Facebook isn’t taking into account. People love to use LOL not when they are laughing but when they have nothing to say. LOL takes the awkwardness away from a conversation. But, what do I know?