Many Facebook Users Have Taken A Break: Study

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By Vijaykumar Meti | February 6, 2013 11:03 PM EST

Facebook users have voluntarily taken a break from using their account for a period of several weeks, says a new study.

The study conducted by Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project has found that Facebook is the most dominating social networking site in the U.S. and 61 percent of those who surveyed say they have taken a break from the site for a period of a week or more.

The study also found that 20 percent of adults spend less time on Facebook than they did a year ago.

People's reason for a Facebook break is mixed; 21 percent are too busy or do not have time to use Facebook. About 10 percent says they are just not interested, while another 10 percent said it was a waste of time.

Meanwhile, the interesting fact is that the 9 percent of the people thought there was too much drams, gossip, negativity and conflict on the social networking site.

The report says, "61 percent of Facebook users who have taken a break from using the site to tell us in their own words why they did so, and they mentioned a variety of reasons. The largest group (21 percent) said that their 'Facebook vacation' was a result of being too busy with other demands or not having time to spend on the site. Others pointed toward a general lack of interest in the site itself (10 percent mentioned this in one way or another), an absence of compelling content (10 percent), excessive gossip or 'drama' from their friends (9 percent), or concerns that they were spending too much time on the site and needed to take a break (8 percent)."

What is the value of Facebook to users and the time they spend on the site? The reports says, 59 percent of Facebook users say the site is about as important as it was a year ago, and 53 percent of current users say the amount of time they spend on Facebook has stayed the same as they spent over the past year.

While 28 percent users say the site has become less important to them than it was a year ago, and 34 percent of current users say the amount of time spending on Facebook has decreased over the past year.

Interestingly 12 percent of Facebook users say it has become more important to them than it was a year ago while 13 percent says the amount of time spending on site has increased over the past year.

Women are more likely than men to report increased importance and greater time spent on the site. Around 16 percent of female users and nearly half (7 percent) men say that Facebook has become more important to them over the last year.

On the other hand, the data released from Pew shows that many Facebook users in America seem to comprehend how to manage their time using the social networking site.

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