Social Sabbatical: Facebook Users Voluntarily Taking Break From Site
Read a book instead, will ya?
Over 60 percent of Facebook users have taken at least one voluntary break from the website for several weeks or more. Respondents to a survey by the Pew Research Center cited the reasons for their social site sabbatical as being too busy, losing interest in the site, seeing it as a waste of time, too much drama among friends, and concerns over spending too much time on the social network. Additionally, 28 percent said they were less interested in the site than they were a year ago, and the 20 percent who did not have a Facebook account revealed they were at one time registered but deleted it. “These data show that people are trying to make new calibrations in their life to accommodate new social tools,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project and co-author of the report. “They are adding up the plusses and minuses on a kind of networking balance sheet and they are trying to figure out how much they get out of connectivity verses how much they put into it.” [My Broadband]