What Your Internet Laugh Says About You

lol: You’re a twenty- to thirty-something who’s unemployed or whose day job is some variation of staring at a computer screen and being catty about your coworkers. You consistently have to stop yourself from saying “lol” out loud on a number of occasions, and catch yourself thinking “lol” to stuff you’d normally laugh out loud at. You also employ “haha” and “hehe.”

LOL: You’re a loud late teens/ early twenties ‘party girl’ who’s frequently seen simultaneously at a bar, drinking with a group of friends, and holding a gregarious LOL-laden IM conversation on her iPhone. You also employ “OMG LOL,” “HAHA,” “LOL WTF,” and “hahahahahaha.”

rofl: You’re around the age of 12 and spend much of your time in YouTube comments sections.

hah: The anti-laugh. You don’t laugh at anything. You’re most similar to Thora Birch’s character in Ghost World. Your usage of “hah” (or “ha”) is more condescending and alienating than warm and lighthearted.

lmao: You’re the intrusive high school friend on Facebook who I hoped I never would have had contact with again. Predictably, you’re married with two kids and have very little knowledge of internet etiquette, which makes our unwelcome friendship all the more worse. You also employ “lmfao,” “LOL,” and “rofl.”

bahahah: You’re a male programmer with a pony tail who’s generally seen as weird/ creepy/ nerdy by your IRL peers and as either a “guru” or a tyrannical dick by your fellow elitist programmers in IRC. You may also employ “mwhahahah.”

heh: Your cynical attitude is almost indistinguishable from that of Daria‘s.

lulz: You spend much of your time on 4chan and Reddit. You’re obsessed with cats.

jaja: Spanish is your first language. TC mark


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  • A.

    you forgot the creepy “hehehehehe”

    • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans


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  • Anonymous

    “wwwwwww” – you’re probably japanese

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2311203 Kevin Pritchard

    I’m just here for the lulz. 

  • mashka

    um. you forgot my personal favorite: mwahahahaha. The evil laugh. Which is ALWAYS appropriate.

    • ..

      Under bahaha… Did you even read this? :/

  • Kim Davidson

    What about “haha” ? 

    • http://www.twitter.com/mexifrida Frida

      Mentioned under lol…

  • FromTheFuture

    I find that the most socially awkward and annoying people tend tos ay “bwahahaha.”

  • http://twitter.com/ckeav Claire

    I just use “hee.” Does that mean I am trying to appear younger than I am. I think so.

  • cfaf


    • http://profiles.google.com/kyds3k Adam Darby

      Korean girl laugh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh


  • myb

    this headline had potential, as did the concept. sorry–i was disappointed with this piece. the commentary was unoriginal–maybe you should try again a few months down the road. 

    • Tsdyke

      Gotta say that I agree. Needs a little substance to it, but it was a good idea for TC!

  • http://twitter.com/3thanschmidt Ethan Schmidt


    • http://twitter.com/MissKimball misskimball

      oh shit, that actually is a smiley isn’t it. I’ve always seen it as a stubby penis and replied ‘8=======D’

      • http://twitter.com/3thanschmidt Ethan Schmidt

        Nope, you were right, it was just a flaccid penis. Cause that’s what this article did for me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mexifrida Frida

    I use lol, haha, ha and jaja, mostly for the reasons you explained.

  • http://twitter.com/kaimcn Kai

    I’ll do anything that isn’t in the lol, rofl, lmao family. I like to think I’ve got some of the best (and wort) parts of Enid and Daria.

  • Sophia

    i say “bahahaha” sometimes, but i’m definitely not a creepy male programmer. it’s more like a response when a friend texts me an embarrassing story or something. i think “bahahaha” and “mwahahaha” are extremely different

  • http://miriammogilevsky.wordpress.com Miriam Mogilevsky

    I regularly use pretty much all of these–does that mean I’m somehow ALL of these people? If so, wow.

  • Nina

    what about ‘lawl’? or is that just too painfully sarcastic? 

  • David Moon

    You can’t just throw the “haha” people in with the “lol” people! We are a completely different breed. “Haha” is the closest you can come to imitating real laughter through text, whereas “lol” is about the furthest. What the fuck are you doing, here? Sloppy journalism— that’s what!

    • Kaytee

      I was going to like your point, but then you had to throw insults in, no need for that is there?

      • Heh


  • https://twitter.com/iamthepuddles Jordana Bevan


  • http://twitter.com/nuclearcabbage Nive

    Your article made me heh. 

  • LC.

    I usually laugh “jaja” because my first language is spanish, but I’ve gotten a lot of “what does yaya mean?”. 

  • Chivasnut7

    Jajajaja = perfect. Haha. Spanish speakers indeed

  • http://somuchtocome.blogspot.com Aja

    I use the “bahahahaha” like nobody’s business.  Because that’s how I laugh in real life.  Loudly and obnoxiously.  But only in the right company. 

  • Brent Ryan

    lulz, beautiful

  • Sara

    oh god lol.
    my laughs are so varied it depends on context but i appreciate the stereotypes. who doesn’t love a good stereotype?

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