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

February 8, 2013  |  


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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  • Starbright

    I remember the days when you had to be in college to join. Now, you can join at 13. The sad part is : on my timeline, it’s not the teen-agers that put the drama filled statues, it’s the people who claim to be adults. Now, Facebook is a place for perverts to lurk and people to get false courage being web warriors. Also, stop the dam game requests.

  • Guest360

    I limit my time on there now. I used to be ADDICTED to it but have cut back quite a bit and now use it just to keep up with my friends and family. FB is fine so long as you delete the ratchet people from your page or block the ones who don’t know how to act.

  • sabrina

    I deactivated my page for a few months and only recently reactivated it recently because of work. I still limit the time I spend on Facebook because it really started to turn me off and still does.

  • Silvermist

    TMI, nice to keep up with family, but all the game requests, and sometimes immaturity of what friends post does get boring. Besides, I can always pick up a phone, text or go wherever I want to go without the whole world knowing what I’m doing. I enjoy reading and learning new, important topics and there is not much of that on FB, Also, your sexual proclivities do not interest me.

  • Kahekili

    Facebook has changed so much ever since they let everyone join. It’s just become a site for people to brag, lie about their lives, and post hundred of pictures of nothing.

    • Kenedy

      I remember the days when you had to be in college to join:)

    • zany

      You got that right. I actually like FB now that I have only my husband as my FB friend. I had to unfriend my entire family and all my friends. There are actually some pages that I like receiving updates from so it’s the only reason I still have my page. All that constant lying, bragging, over sharing, vague booking and drama was wearing on my nerves. I had to unfriend my best friend in real life because she enjoyed putting her business and mine out there for everyone to see.

  • bluekissess

    I find myself on Pinterest more anyways