Anyone that finishes a comment on social media with 'lol, banter', is officially not involved in any 'banter' and lessens their circle of online friends by 7 people every time the statement is made.
With the number of online users of Facebook and Twitter growing, coupled with the rising success of Dave, attempts to engage in what used to be known as 'having a laugh' has grown exponentially. It has spiralled out of control in male users who need to let other users know that they are joking and what they have to say is also highly amusing.
Trending Twitter feeds are the most substantial hot-bed for "witty banter" comments, as users and amateur comedians try and beat each other to the most obvious, but bloody hilarious, joke. Whilst a recent study revealed that 92% of regular social media users despise other people self-labelling their comments as banter, only 14% would confront them by leaving a negative, bitchy comment.
According to the CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, "(not acting) actually validates their behaviour as no one is saying 'enough is enough!' We've been actively blocking accounts that we just can't stand but there are just too many of them. The word banter should join sorry and be removed from the dictionary. It's pointless!"