When you type LOL are you actually laughing out loud?

I try not to use shorthand type most because I feel like a little girl. In fact the second someone uses any type of teeny bopper chat terminology I cringe, LOL, LMAO, TTYL, and a million other terms immediately make me want to strange the person.

But my buddy made a very good point, he asked on his facebook status if anyone actually laughs out loud when they type LOL into a chat conversation or email. Email most certainly could be typed the normal way but it seems everyone is lazy or everyone is a 15 year old girl.

Why, even today if you go check out my facebook wall a few people wrote.

Do I no u???

I think unlimited texting plans are doing worse for kids then my yeshiva education ever did.

The term LMAO (laughing my ass off) laugh out loud was just not good enough, has become so popular that there was a commercial spot during the superbowl all about people who do too much LMAO and lost their butts, is was quite funny – but it still doesn’t answer my question.

Do people actually mean it when they type LOL?

Or are you chuckling to yourself but using your time online to create an alternate personality for yourself, one that would probably LOL in that situation.

I think the term LOL may be what the term LIKE was when I was young. It is used in all types of conversations yet has lost meaning. If I am chatting someone and I say hey how’s it going? and they respond “nothing much lol” it makes no sense – yet lol is continuously used for no reason at all which bugs me because it has desensitized true laughter, if you write lol it really means nothing to me.