by DANNY RUBIN
Do you ever get worn out by Facebook?
Tired of everyone’s opinion on the latest news stories? Exhausted from endless photo galleries of ‘friends’ you barely know?
Of course you are. Everyone is.
Here’s a better question:
Could you quit Facebook — even for a short time — and take a break from the social media site?
Hmm…that’s a tough one.
According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, 61% of users say they have voluntarily stepped away from Facebook for a period of several weeks or more. These four girls abandoned technology for two weeks, but it wasn’t easy.
Top Answers Among the 61% of Users:
- 21% say they were too busy
- 10% weren’t interested in FB
- 10% considered it a waste of time
- 9% said there was too much drama/gossip/negativity
- 8% said they were spending too much time on Facebook
Interestingly, 42% of respondents between the ages of 18-29 said the time they spend on Facebook has decreased over the past year. Among their reasons:
“It’s a gossipy thing.” … “I didn’t like to talk too much.” … “I’m not social.” … “My account was compromised.” … “I got tired of minding everybody else’s business.” … “Not enough privacy.” … “Got too many communications.” … “Takes my time away.”
So 4 in 10 young adults are cutting back their time on Facebook. At the same time, we’re still not quitting in big numbers. Twenty percent of respondents, in general, said they left Facebook for good.
Bottom line: it’s easy to cut back usage but much tougher to walk away forever.
Pretend that Pew sought your opinion for the study:
Could you quit Facebook?
Simple question. Complex answer.
Do you think you could really quit Facebook? What social media site will you use instead?
It’s the smartest way to stay current.
© 2013, Danny Rubin
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