Facebook fatigue: Users take time off

People plan to spend fewer hours on the site this year, according to a new study.

By Kim Peterson Feb 6, 2013 3:09PM
Image: Damaged laptop ( Jason Stang/PHOTOLIBRRAY/Photo Library)Facebook (FB) can be a little much at times. OK, a lot much.

There are the privacy concerns. The shady advertising hijinks. The constant notifications. The relentless onslaught of news feed items, from mundane observations to jokes that really aren't that funny.

It's no surprise, then, that Facebook fatigue is setting in. A new study shows that people are starting to stray from the social network.

About 27% of Facebook users are planning to spend less time on the site this year, while only 3% plan to spend more time, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. (You can read the key findings here.)

Facebook is still the dominant social network in America, with some two-thirds of adults who are online using the site. But 61% of current Facebook users have taken a break from the site for at least several weeks. Here are the main reasons they left:
  • Too busy, didn't have time
  • Just wasn't interested
  • Found it a waste of time
  • Too much gossip and drama
  • Site was a time suck
Is this the beginning of the end for Facebook? Not really. People go in cycles with their interests. They'll pop on to Twitter for a while, or rediscover book reading on their Kindles. They'll find a television show they like and immerse themselves in previous episodes.

Facebook is branching out to try and catch that wayward user. That's one of the reasons it bought Instagram, for example. And it's looking at other ways to stay relevant outside of its home page.

So go ahead and quit Facebook for a while. You'll be back. The company is counting on it.

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Main reason, "Too busy didn't have time." Yeah, we are working harder to pay for those who won't work. Taxes pay for cell phones, and internet for "The needy."

When FDR instituted welfare, he never put an end to one's situation. This is why we have generational welfare recipients. The grandmother was taught to sign up for services, who then teaches her daughter to sign up, who teaches the grandchild to sign up. I f you have several generations on welfare, then your whole family is doing something wrong. I see this firsthand.

If you kept getting something for free, why not keep taking it?

Oh we were talking about Facebook right?

 

Feb 6, 2013 4:19PM
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Much as I love my friends and relations, I really get bored to death by someone stating what he/she had for lunch, or that someone just had a hangnail, or had her fingernails painted, etc., etc.  Such minutia doesn't provide interest.  I wait to see something worthwhile tin order to respond to someone's insertion.  I regard facebook to be used the same way as a newspaper.  If it isn't really news don't print it.     I posted a picture of an acquaintance's father from World War II on his website that he had never before seen.  That provided a happy response from him and his family.  Please, folks, make it interesting to hold your readers attention.  Or simply remain silent.
Feb 7, 2013 12:01AM
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i was an addict for about 3 years and just got tired of it. simple as that. plus i found the changes invasive. No more Facebook for me.
Feb 6, 2013 4:45PM
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The newness is GONE.........like the new car now is old not as important.  Also, how much dramas can a person handle. ggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeezzzzzzzz.
Mar 7, 2013 4:58PM
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My biggest complaint is that some people use Facebook to advertise their business or preach to others and all of the Bible verses are unnecessary.   If I want a sermon, I will go to church and if I need a Bible verse, I own several Bibles.   Also, I don't want someone to try to sell me a house on Facebook.   It is getting to the point that I get on once or twice a week, and don't stay on that long, since there is really nothing interesting that people are saying anymore.   I don't care what you had for lunch or what you are cooking for dinner.   Some of these things are just plain stupid!!
Mar 7, 2013 8:30PM
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Facebook sued for $15 billion for stalking us all on Facebook

big privacy thief's !!!more scam and lies and corruption from facebook he sold more then 1 billion shares to friends and private bankers before it was on the real share market other people go to jail for it !!! the keep there likes, and fig up with bots still and all in court for it !!! people must be blind?? its not a company !!! the don't have value the try to sell tin air ?!!!!
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