Facebook can be tiring, study shows

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Although it may be fun in small doses, there also comes a time when being on Facebook can become tiring. This is why more than 50 per cent of Facebook members in the United States have taken a hiatus from the site, a recent study showed.

According to the research conducted by the Pew Research Center, around 61 per cent of Facebook users in the US have taken breaks from Facebook at some point, while 27 per cent plan to do so in the near term.

In particular, 21 per cent of the respondents said that they didn’t open their Facebook accounts for at least several weeks because they were too busy. Others got fed up with crazy friends and stupid comments, while some users mentioned that it had negatively affected their love life.

Even though users are increasingly taking breaks, Facebook remains pervasive in the US. Of all the American adults who utilise the internet, 67 per cent are members of Facebook, compared to 20 per cent for LinkedIn and Twitter’s 16 per cent, noted the research.

A full 20 per cent of the respondents who have internet access stated that they have abandoned their Facebook accounts. Facebook itself has admitted that about 1.06 billion global users log in at least once a month, of which 150 million are from the U.S. However, these numbers include fake and duplicate accounts.

“These data show that people are trying to make new calibrations in their life to accommodate new social tools,” said Pew Internet Project Director Lee Rainie, who is also co-author of the study entitled “Coming and Going on Facebook”.