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Boredom, Ranting on Facebook Forcing People to Quit the Site: Pew Survey Finds

Update Date: Feb 06, 2013 07:52 AM EST
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Women with eating disorders placed more importance on getting "likes" and comments on their posts. (Photo : REUTERS/Michael Dalder)

More than 60 percent of all Facebook users in the U.S. report that they've quit using the site for extended periods of time, according to data available from Pew Research Center. Facebook still remains the most popular social networking site in the country, with 67 percent or two-thirds of the American population using it regularly.

Survey participants who quit the site said that they were either too busy to use the site (21 percent), felt the site had got boring over the years (10 percent) or that the "drama" from their online friends got them so irritated that they decided to take a break from it (8 percent).

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Facebook has recently gained more from its mobile-based services and is gearing to earn more profits in the days to come, reports USA Today. The latest survey showing that people are now quitting the site shows an interesting angle of Facebook use in the country.

Previous research has shown that Facebook is addictive, sometimes even more than sex, and that not being a Facebook user is considered as being a threat to the society. Other studies have associated Facebook use with anxiety, debt and even higher weight.

The recent survey found that although some people are reporting Facebook fatigue, women seem to have attached increased importance to the site over the past few years.

"Women are more likely than men to report increased importance and greater time spent on the site. Some 16% of female users (and 7% of men) say that Facebook has become more important to them over the last year, and 16% of female users (and 9% of men) say that they spend more time on the site now than they did a year ago," the authors wrote.

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Facebook users, in the study, reported that they'd be spending less time on the site in the future, with one in four saying that they'd cut back their Facebook  use this year. Just 3 percent people said that they'd increase the time spent on Facebook.

Although people across all age groups said that they see Facebook use to remain unchanged over the next year, it is the young adults aged between 18 and 29 who say they are more likely to stay away from Facebook in 2013.

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