Why do we put lol after uncomfortable conversation topics when texting?

Anonymous
I was reading a CNN article entitled, “It’s wrong to blame mass shootings on mental illness, experts say” and I was quite literally having a conversation with the guy I’m dating about it this weekend.

He verbatim said what they stated in the article, so I sent him a link to the piece and said, “Didn’t you say that this weekend? Lol”

Now I’m wondering why I added the lol. It’s not a funny topic of conversation. It’s all around sad and scary really. What do you think?
Why do we put lol after uncomfortable conversation topics when texting?
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