I read an author’s response to a negative review recently that utilized a lot of *G*’s and *LOL*’s after a paragraph or a sentence that was suppose to relay humor or to deflect the sarcasm that reeked in her post. It was an utter FAIL because it simply wasn’t genuine. Do you all honestly think people are really *LOL* all the time when they put that in their responses? Those kinds of acronyms can be excessively overused and people like me start to wonder if it’s genuine or not (not really I have other things to worry about). The point is this: you can crouch comments/responses with *LOL* and *G* all day long, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that your message isn’t genuine.
Ran across this article in Wiki that says as much:
David Crystal notes that use of LOL is not necessarily genuine, just as the use of smiley faces or grins is not necessarily genuine, posing the rhetorical question “How many people are actually ‘laughing out loud’ when they send LOL?”.
Franzini concurs, stating that there is as yet no research that has determined the percentage of people who are actually laughing out loud when they write “LOL”.
Communication is pretty much hit or miss online. I may have read the author’s message wrong but I doubt it. There’s no hiding nasty, mean spirited responses no matter how many smiley faces you put in there. That’s for anyone who uses them as such and think you’re fooling people with it. You’re not. Why people feel compelled to use them when it’s not warranted is beyond me. This isn’t a rant per se. Maybe I’m just annoyed with nice people who love to write smiley faces and little hearts on everything.