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Leslie Walker

Our Facebook Relationship: It's Complicated

By February 10, 2013

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If your relationship with Facebook includes a separation or temporary breakup, you're in good company.

It's complicated

New research suggests Facebook fatigue is becoming a mainstream phenomenon, though it's unclear what it might mean for future social networking habits or the world's largest social network.

Researchers at the Pew Internet & American Life Project found 61 percent of people currently using Facebook say they have taken time off from the site at some point--a break of several weeks or more.

The biggest reason people gave for their temporary Facebook separation was feeling too busy. The next two factors cited for taking Facebook vacations were that people didn't like Facebook or considered it a waste of time.

Perhaps even more significant was Pew's finding that 28 percent of Americans who use Facebook felt the site had become less important to them in the past year, and 34 percent said they actually decreased their usage.

The report is titled, " Coming and Going on Facebook" and is available for free on Pew's website.

Related reading:

How to Temporarily Suspend Facebook
How To Reactivate Facebook
Ways to Break Facebook Addiction
Signs of Facebook addiction
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