Why Online Adults Go On A Facebook Vacation

Facebook, already with more than a billion members worldwide, is the top social networking site in the United States.

But most of American users had to leave the site over long periods of time for several reasons.

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, new findings show more than two-thirds (67 percent) of online American adults use Facebook, besting LinkedIn (20 percent) and Twitter (16 percent).

Of those Facebook users, 61 percent said they willingly took a long respite – several weeks or longer – at one point or another.

A fifth (20 percent) of online adults who do not use Facebook admitted they used to visit the site but stopped doing so.

Another 8 percent of non-Facebook users among online American adults have plans on signing to the service in the future.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization asked the Facebook users who took a break from using the site about what triggered their hiatus.

Most (21 percent) of them said their “Facebook vacation” resulted from busy schedules, so they could only afford short periods on the social network.

Other Facebook users said they had to do it because of several other reasons: loss of interest, irrelevant content, unrestrained drama, excessive time allotment, vacation, boredom, without any reason, privacy concerns, lack of internet access, preference, health or age, religious reasons, and less posts.

Reasons for Facebook Breaks (Percentage)

61 percent of Facebook users have voluntarily taken a multi-week break from using the site in the past; these are the reasons they gave for doing so 

 Was too busy / Didn’t have time for it 

21

 Just wasn’t interested / Just didn’t like it 

10

 Waste of time / Content was not relevant 

10

 Too much drama/gossip/negativity/conflict

9

 Was spending too much time using the site

8

 Only an intermittent or infrequent user

8

 Went on vacation/trip/deployment

8

 Just got tired/bored with it

7

 No real reason / Just because

6

 Concerns about privacy/security/ads/spam

4

 Did not have computer/internet access

2

 Prefer other ways to communicate / Facebook not “real life”

2

 Health or age issues

2

 Took a break for religious reasons

1

 Didn’t like posting all the time / Didn’t want to share

1

 Source: Pew Research Center’s Internet &   American Life Project Omnibus Survey, conducted December 13 to 16, 2012 on   landline and cell phones. N=316 for Facebook users who have taken a break   from using the site in the past.

 

Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) conducted the survey through Princeton Data Source, which interviewed a sample of 1,006 adults in the United States on December 13-16, 2012.

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Francis Rey Balolong

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