Molly McAleer
April 25, 2012 9:00 am

I’m not ashamed to say that I freakin’ love saying LOL. I love laughing out loud in real life (I do it so much, guys) and I also LOVE typing “LOL” on my keyboard. I like the way the letters feel under my fingers. I don’t assume that the person on the other end of my LOL is silly enough to assume that I’m literally laughing out loud or that it would really matter to them if I wasn’t. On top of that, the letters LOL next to each other like that still looks mad funny to me. Sometimes I laugh out loud because I typed that I laughed out loud.

I don’t think it’s any more immature than most Internet shorthand because it’s the efficient way to give the person the reaction that they’re looking for and laughter is always the polite response to a joke. I like being polite and efficient, don’t you?

Why would your joyous reaction need to be written more formally than that? Is it necessary (or less ridiculous, for that matter) to respond to a friend, “I’m laughing out loud”?

Typing “HAHAHAHA” or pretty much any variation of it makes you sound manic and like they let you loose from your solitary confinement at the mental hospital just to respond to your text messages. And a simple “Ha” is like, the rudest thing you can ever write another person. Spit in their face next time you see them instead, why don’t you?

But like, whatever. I don’t give a damn what you do, actually. But I’ll be LingOL over here. I always will be. No one will ever make me quit. If you don’t like the way I LOL, you can eat all the balls in Alaska.

[This post originally ran on MollsSheWrote and was edited for language.]

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