Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That: Study Shows Facebook Users Are Taking Breaks from the Site

February 8, 2013  |  

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A new study found that Facebook users from time to time just need a break. A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center‘s Internet and American Life Project, found that 61 percent of current Facebook users divulged that they had taken breaks from the site, for up to several weeks at a time for various reasons.

Attempting to manage your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and any other social media site on a daily basis can feel like a second job and make an the average person want to hire an intern to manage their social media presence. Which is why it’s not surprising that one of the top reasons survey takers were going on Facebook fasts was a lack of time time to maintain their profiles. Other reasons include general disinterest and the feeling that Facebook was a waste of time.

Surprisingly only four percent of those surveyed mentioned privacy or security concerns. Based on all the complaints and lawsuits, that would be a more than legitimate reason to walk away from the site.

Ultimately, although people are taking beaks not many are deleting their accounts. The New York Times noted that 92 percent of social network users maintain a profile on Facebook. Proving that although sometimes you might get frustrated with all the uselessness on your timeline, not many are going a step further and hitting the deactivation button. Let’s not get hasty, right?

One point noted by CNN is that 20 percent of adults online, who currently don’t use Facebook, did previously hold a profile on the site. So there are a few who are weaning themselves away from the social media giant. But with over one billion users, even with a growing number of users taking breaks, Facebook is far from being broken.

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