The Pew Research Center recently released a phone study conducted by PRSAI of over 1,000 users in the US. The report that states that while 2 out of 3 Americans are Facebook users 61% of those users have voluntarily taken a break for a period of several weeks or more.
- 20% of those surveyed said they used the site once but no longer do.
- Only 8% of those who don’t use Facebook now are even interested in using the site in the future.
So why did so many users take a self-enforced tile out on the dominant social network in the country?
- 21% said they just didn’t have time
- 20% said they got bored or there was no compelling content
- 9% said there was too much drama
- 8% said they felt they were spending too much time on the site and they needed a break.
Oh, and just in case you swear to never leave, Business Insider posted 13 reasons you’ll never leave Facebook. Download the full report here as a PDF, or read the overview on PEW’s site. Just out of curiosity I did some searches for people who talked about their own Facebook vacations. Here are a few posts that I found interesting:
- Steven Crandell on his son taking a little time off from Facebook
- Expat Hiatus on her personal litmus test.
- Joy on giving up Facebook on raising kids without distraction
- Paul is paying his daughter to stay off Facebook for 5 months
- The Daily Mind gives us 8 ways to beat Facebook addiction
- Convinced? Wikihow shares 7 steps to quit Facebook
OK, so what’s your story? Would you, could you, give up Facebook?
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