Are you actually Laughing Out loud when you type LOL in chat or in a discussion?

@joyce959 (1562)
Philippines
July 12, 2007 11:33am CST
I often notice that many people are using or typing "LOL" online whether in chatting or in the discussions here. My question is "Are you actually 'Laughing out loud' when you type LOL, or you just use it as an expression but not actually laughing?
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@inked4life (4227)
• United States
12 Jul 07
If I put LOL into a response that I make then I generally have found the original post to be funny and it made me laugh. I also use it a lot in discussions that I start simply because there are more than a few very serious minded people here at mylot and they take everything I say seriously no matter how ridiculous it is (which is most of the time)...I'll put in LOL o let people know that I am joking.
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@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
Ok, thanks for responding honestly.
@ratburn (939)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
haha. that's funny! LOL. the first time i've seen LOL. i thought it was a bad word. haha. seriously. i usually just say "haha". i never use LOL. and i don't think they are actually laughing out loud when they say LOL. how about you?
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@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
I very seldom use 'LOL'. I rather use 'hahaha' , 'hehehe' or 'funny' when something written sounds funny to me.
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@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
13 Jul 07
LOL--- I'm laughing at this discussion- too cute- I think it's more of a saying- ha ha-- I think lol sounds better than ha ha or hee hee- don't you? But sometimes when I find something really funny and I am laughing I use LOL also-
@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
13 Jul 07
Hi Kris... thanks if you think this topic is cute and you are amused (i am smiling). Well, everyone has his/her own preferences on what to use as a sign language in chat or other online forum. I was just wondering coz I often read LOL and just thinking if the person really laugh out loud when he/she use/type LOL in chat or discussion. I see other shortened words in chat, and I must admit I sometimes don't know the meaning of those shortened expressions.
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• United States
12 Jul 07
I use "lol" a lot! More than I should most of the time. Sometimes I am laughing out loud when I post that. Sometimes I'm not. But when I do write that, I'm always truthful in meaning that I think it's funny.
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@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
Reading something funny does not always make us laugh loudly... so it means you use 'lol' exagerately? Anyway, I appreciate your response. Happy Posting.
• India
12 Jul 07
I usually don't use these short forms.When I really feel like laughing I literally express my laughter as haha hehe!People are using these as their regular words in chat and they use it for conversations in which there is no place for laughter..
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• United States
12 Jul 07
Sometimes. It really depends, it's become one of those chat tools that you use to show that you are listening, a type of listening device that shows that you understood the statement made by someone else or recognize the humor. I will admit there are still times that someone says something to me that is super funny, but I think it's more used like a nervous laugh than a genuine show of amusement.
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@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
Then it would be best to use the emoticons ... laughing emoticon when you're actually laughing, smiling emoticon when something just made you smile... etc.
• United States
12 Jul 07
I definitely use my fair share of emoticons, too. the problem is, i would rather take the strokes of "LOL" rather than the strokes for :-) because it needs more keystrokes. Call me lazy, but it helps the flow of my typing better... either that, or I can do a "hahaha"
@mummymo (23707)
12 Jul 07
Good Question! I use the expression a lot! Most times I use it I am actually laughing out loud although occasionally it is to stress my meaning! Some people might think that I can't possibly be laughing out loud as much as I write it but in all honesty I do - I am the type of person who laughs easily and cries just as easy - I love life and I love to be animated and actually feel emotions! xxx
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@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
Ok, its good for you mummymo to really easily laugh loudly. I can only smile or show expression of funny face when I read or hear something funny. So I very seldom use lol. I rather use hahaha, hehehe or would rather use the laughing emoticon or the smiling emoticon, or any emoticon that is appropriate to what really I feel. Anyway, thanks for sharing.
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@wisconsin26 (3859)
• United States
12 Jul 07
ok say you are watching someone on their cams in a chat program and they type LOL they are normally laughing.. But than again some people just smile and type it too so they really are not laughing how ever you did make the person smile.. For me though when i use LOL i am usually laughing cause sometime people tend the say the funniest stuff, though when they don't I tend to roll my eyes and wonder..
@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
Ok, I appreciate your honest response. Happy Posting!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Jul 07
I hate it! I don't use it as I find it really stupid and I don't believe for a second the person is laughing. I also hate all shortened English. It is a great language and I wish people would stop butchering it with stupid shortcuts, if you are too lazy to type maybe you should find a different past time!
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@joyce959 (1562)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
Yes, there are many shortened words in chatting that are used or written and I hate to admit that I don't know the meaning of some of those abbreviations! I understand how you feel whywiki... and I respect your opinion. But I think we should also respect others on their preferences. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.
@Wario_1 (969)
• Sweden
2 Jan 08
I use LOL both in discussions and in chat programs, sometimes i laugh after i say it and somethimes i dont. I don't have any logical explanation for that behavior, majbe has something with my nerdiness.
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@calicot (256)
• Philippines
29 Dec 07
IMHO, If there is an emoticon like those used in YM here in mylot then I'll definitely use that to convey that I'm LOL or ROFL. For me typing the signs is not enough to show your expression to a particular opinion or even hahaha,hehehe,bwahahaha,ahihihih. I could be jolly at times, so much that even a slight hint of joking around,an amusing word/ sentence,agreeing with a person then I'll use LOL,whether or not I'm laughing out loud. In my head actually yes I do. Now many would or could not understand why many use LOL more than others would. IMHO again, I guess we have a varying and different level of being amused to being ridiculously and hilariously amused. LOL :D
@lizzyt2007 (1312)
• Craig, Alaska
11 Dec 07
I don't lie online. when I type LOL I mean I am lauging except right now i am not. people shouldn't say their lauging online if their not.
• Pakistan
6 Dec 07
It is not necessary me for laughing Out loud when I write the LOL in chat. It does also means to tell some one that he or she should laugh out loud after reading the sentence used in chatting practice.
30 Nov 07
I have to admit, I'm a total 'lol' addict - I tend to use it just to fill in the blanks in any conversations, more than me actually laughing. Also, if my friends say something that's slightly odd, or something that makes me feel a little awkward, then I tend to LOL at it. I have tried to stop, though, coz I find it annoying when people do the same thing to me!
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
30 Nov 07
I use lol and lmoa a lot, sometimes I'm really laughing, but most of the time I'm just giggling.
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
29 Nov 07
I think it's just become a trite meaning, an everyday use that people just use without batting an eyelid, it's become expected and accepted and probably ignored and the true meaning has gone out of the window, I certainly don't laugh out loud when I type it, I try to be aware of when I am using it or if am I using it too much. Mind you a lot of these smilies are occuring a lot too! Like ;0) and :0**(
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
18 Nov 07
Yeah, I chuckle quite often when I read someones discussion. I just read one about women buying a husband. It was a joke, but it was so cute I couldn't help but laugh. I like this site so much because of this. There is a lot of humour here and I enjoy that. I was on another forum before I became a member here and it was too serious for me. That is why I was looking for something else, and came across this site. I am so glad I did.
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@runsgame (2034)
• India
6 Oct 07
well, it does not require to do wht you are typing or sharing on chat. but mostly , this will also not been done by any one . but , in practice lol has become very famous amoung chatters
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@darshakk (2142)
• India
4 Oct 07
it depends on situation... if its really funny i do laugh else most time s its just a way of expression to make the situation more active n lively!!!!!
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• China
29 Sep 07
Of course,it truly is..When I type LOL,I laugh in reality.About this,my friend laughs at me more times.He thinks that is just like a fool.But i can't get out of the habit.I often howl,'Let me be.'And then he says nothing and keeps silent a while.