‘The Not-So-Universal Language of Laughter': Facebook Analyzes Laughter in Text

by: Joseph On  Monday, August 10, 2015

The Not-So-Universal Language of Laughter

Like the song says, there are a lot of different ways to laugh at a humorous remark or incident – and in text-based media like Facebook Messenger, there are almost as many, which is the subject of a new blog post from the social media giant entitled The Not-So-Universal Language of Laughter.

The Not-So-Universal Language of Laughter breaks down all the different textual cyber-laughs, from “LOL” to “haha” to the surprisingly popular “hehe.” It does this across a variety of quadrants, including gender, frequency of use, and geographical location. It’s interesting information, although it is kind of creepy to imagine Facebook analyzing our private correspondence like this.

It’s not creepy enough to keep The Not-So-Universal Language of Laughter from being an interesting read, though, so you might want to check it out at the Facebook blog right here. And next time someone says something funny via FB message, try responding with a frowning emoticon or something, just to confuse everybody.