We all love someone with a sense of humor. So, it makes sense that we want to be that person for others. Laughing is the best medicine. Making others feel good through laughter is a major compliment. We all want to be described as funny, so that’s why you’re here, learning how to make someone laugh over text.
Comedy is a way we connect with people. Sharing a sense of humor is a bonding experience. And laughing together, even through text, brings you closer together and makes you feel more comfortable. But, what can be worse than not making someone laugh, is trying too hard to do so.
Instead of looking for jokes or clever puns to keep in the back of your mind, just be you. Let your freak flag fly. [Read: How to be funny and make people love your company]
What laughing over text means
At one point in time LOL actually meant you made someone laugh over text. Now all those letters imply is a lightheartedness.
If you really want to make someone laugh over text, you need to get at least a HAHA or LMFAO in response. Even the laugh-cry emoji is a sign of actual laughter or at the very least a smirk.
Since texting is such a major part of our daily communication, showing your sense of humor via text is pretty much a necessity to keep someone interested. [Read: How to text someone and grab their attention]
How to make someone laugh over text
Making someone laugh over text does not have to be hard. Honestly, as long as you have a decent sense of humor and okay timing, you don’t have to try too hard.
If you have a hard time showing how funny you are through text, I have some tips for you to bring you true jokester-self to the forefront of all your texts from here on out.
#1 Memes. Memes, if you don’t know, are hilarious images, videos, or even blurbs that have spread throughout the internet due to their relatability and humor. If you can’t think of something funny yourself, use what is at your disposal.
Memes are all over Twitter, Instagram, and pretty much the entire internet so you will have no shortage of material to make your friends or love interest crack up. [Read: How to start a conversation over text]
#2 Channel your favorite comedy. Television, movies, comedians… What do these all have in common? They are a part of society. Everyone has seen Friends and Parks and Recreation. Most people have watched The Office and know Jimmy Kimmel, so channel the people you find funny when trying to make someone laugh over text.
Whether you are trying to cheer them up or just want them to get a taste of your sense of humor, what is better than using a joke from your favorite comedy? [Read: 15 text conversation starters for the shy that work like a charm]
#3 Be honest. If you’re wondering how to make someone laugh over text, remember that when humor comes from reality, it is the most authentic. Why do we love stand-up? Because it is real people sharing real stories and that makes it relatable. I get the most laughs through text when I am telling a story about a bad date or giving my honest opinion on something.
You can even text the things you think about tweeting to your 25 followers. Having someone you’re texting laugh at your joke versus a Twitter bot is much more meaningful.
#4 Be blunt. Do not hold back. Sure, you do not want to be offensive or rude, but share your opinions. Sometimes, the funniest things come out when you are being brutally honest. [Read: 40 funny lines to fit right in and make anyone laugh]
#5 Don’t overthink it. The difference between letting the laughter flow and trying too hard is the difference between making someone laugh through text and making them roll their eyes.
Do not go back and rewrite your text or reword it like you are writing a letter to your boss. Laughing is casual. You are not writing a joke for your Netflix comedy special, you are texting someone. So, don’t take it so seriously. The whole point is to make them laugh.
#6 Remain respectful. Yes, jokes that shock us and push boundaries are gold, but make sure you do not cross those lines. When you figuring out how to make someone laugh over text, the last thing you want to do is offend them.
So no jokes at the expense of someone’s race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. I shouldn’t even have to tell you this, but for those few, it is a necessary reminder.
#7 Use what you have. If you are lacking in the creativity department and can’t think of anything original to throw out to those you are texting, have no fear, the internet is here. I know I already mentioned memes, they do deserve their own category, but GIFS, YouTube, and screenshots are all there for you too.
Watched a hilarious prank video? Maybe you saw a GIF that made you squirt milk out of your nose? Or maybe a wrong text screenshot made you giggle? No matter what it is, sharing what made you laugh isn’t theft or plagiarism, it is just sharing the laughter. [Read: 20 funny get to know you questions to text and bond with them instantly]
#8 Share an anecdote. Share an embarrassing moment. This is sure to make your texting partner crack up. Seriously, every time I get home from a date and share the story with a friend, the HAHAs are in high supply.
So don’t let your funny moments pass you by without sharing the goods with whomever you’re texting.
#9 Use sarcasm. I know, I know. It seems like sarcasm can be a no-no through texting. Without facial expressions and tone of voice, how can you really tell sarcasm from the truth? Well, anyone with a similar sense of humor and love for sarcasm or dry humor will get it.
Sure, it goes over some people’s heads. If that happens, maybe your senses of humor do not match up so well. Too bad. [Read: 20 signs you’ve mastered the dry sense of humor]
#10 Wordplay. Not everyone loves a clever pun. Those who do are meant to be. Sure, it takes some brain strength to master a language and be smooth as butter with it, but it is impressive.
Sure, puns aren’t the type of humor you laugh out loud at, but they are the type that get you two laughing in person instead of just through text. [Read: How to be witty and win people over]
#11 Be you. This may just be the most important advice I will give in regards to making someone laugh through text. Sure, you can channel your favorite comedian or send a killer meme, but if your sense of humor via text is not true to who you are and how you act in person, it is sort of pointless, isn’t it?
If whoever you’re texting doesn’t think what you have to say is funny, maybe you just don’t click. If you find yourself funny, text someone that agrees. You shouldn’t have to alter your sense of humor to make someone else laugh through text. Make yourself laugh first, that’s most important.
[Read: 12 types of humor and how they each impact relationships]
Learning how to make someone laugh over text is not as hard as you may think. By incorporating these ideas with your natural sense of humor, you will be making everyone you text crack up in no time.
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