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Around two-thirds of all online Americans use Facebook, but nearly two-thirds of those report having taken long breaks from the social network, while others have already given up on it, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. In the study's findings published on Tuesday, 61 per cent of current Facebook users …


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  1. demolicious

    I don't see the point in this article. I once got bored of Halo and quit it for a week or two. Maybe you should survey gamers and see if there is a 'Games Burnout'.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I thought I might get Reg burnout but there are too many people to troll

    2. Anonymous Coward

      "I don't see the point in this article."

      There is no point in the article. The author is just promoting Facebook because he likes it, notice how the article ends. I assume the author is 50+.

      BTW, how many times has this article been rewritten now?

    3. kb


      I remember reading such a survey a couple of years back when they found that on average 71% of the games that a gamer owns never get finished because they get bored or go to something else and forget about it.

      as for FB what I've found is you really need to spend about a week off and on just killing all the stupid notifications, stuff like "So and so has invited you to play tardedville" and once you do that its just fine. I use it to stay in touch with distant relatives and for that purpose its just fine once you turn all the stupid notifications off.

      But I can see why many get burnt if they don't turn those off, the thing will drive you nuts with a constant stream of drivel if you don't.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Actually..

        "the thing will drive you nuts with a constant stream of drivel if you don't."

        It's not Farcebook with the constant stream of drivel, it's your so-called "friends".

        You need more interesting and active friends.

      2. 404

        Re: Actually..


        I've bee playing Everquest off and on since 2001 - between breaks and real life, I have about 5.5 months of my life tied up in toons - I'll never finish it.


      3. Gene Cash Silver badge

        Re: Actually..

        The reason I personally left assbook is I turned those "play tardville" notices off, again and again and again, at which point I got tired of all the brokenness.

  2. csumpi


    Facebook users are losers. Losers don't quit losing. They might take a break, but get right back to it.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Losers.

      Ah, a troll being up-voted by other trolls - how funny you all are!

      How witty and original!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Truth Hurts

        "Ah, a troll being up-voted by other trolls - how funny you all are!

        How witty and original!"

        W O W, your wit knows no bounds. Sharp as a tack to make such an observation.

  3. Magani

    The church of St Zuck has seats?

    "...according to a new study from the Pew Research Center."

    I was just going.

  4. southpacificpom

    Facebook burnout: 61% of users have needed a break

    The other 39% were still waiting for their Zynga games to load...

  5. Evil Auditor

    Few of these results...

    are likely to be surprising to anyone.

  6. Barbarian At the Gates

    Friends Redefined

    This is my favorite survey response:

    "[I had] crazy friends. I did not want to be contacted."

    But...but...I thought they were your FRIENDS...oh wait, that word means something completely different on Facebook, never mind....

  7. HappyBlue

    Lies, damned lies and statistics

    If the older users don't plan on using FB less, is that because they don't use it excessively? If a 50 year old is using it 2 hours a week then there is no reason to cut down, whereas the 20 year old using it 40 hours a week may have good reason to cut down.

    Without an idea of how many hours each group is using FB, these numbers are pointless and the article simply becomes spin.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Lies, damned lies and statistics

      "Without an idea of how many hours each group is using FB, these numbers are pointless and the article simply becomes spin."

      Pointless spin. The Reg hacks speciality.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    >"You'll be back! Mark my words ... you'll be back!"

    No I won't. I don't show up in the stats because I already basically quit it more than a year ago. "Takes up too much time" was exactly my reason.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Canned my account ...

    Years ago, but then created a new one - out of necessity.

    The only reason, was friends, acquaintances and family. I don't follow *anyone* else. I don't have any urge to gain more followers and I post seldom.

    I login about twice a week to have a quick skim, catch up with what people are up to, make an occasional comment and every once in a while, post something.

    I thought that's how your supposed to use it, but as with everything, some people get addicted - to what, I'm not exactly sure? It gets dull very quickly.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Canned my account ...

      "The only reason, was friends, acquaintances and family. I don't follow *anyone* else. I don't have any urge to gain more followers and I post seldom."

      So you don't follow any one else other than friends, acquaintances and family. WTF? Yeah said it earlier, sharp, this guys very sharp.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Canned my account ...


      BTW Enjoy your're justification for having and account.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Canned my account ...

        You could of been a bit more specific

        1. Chris Parsons Bronze badge

          Re: Canned my account ...

          Could HAVE been more specific. There is no verb 'to of'.

          1. Magani

            Re: Canned my account ...

            I think I heard a small 'whoosh' there.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I managed for years to avoid having an account and only setup one up to try and contact people I had lost touch with. I didn't use it and never posted any content.

    The final straw for me was when for the second week running, people in Mexico were spending more time trying to get into my account than me.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    privacy / security only 4% ?

    If the other 96% was concerned about security & privacy then FB et al wouldn't be such a good place for ID theft / social engineering / OSINT research with tools like maltego.

    Perhaps a big sign saying "don't use any info posted on social media as passwords or password security questions" would be big clue for at least 0.1%

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Come on, give it up. It will do you the world of good

    So a survey shows that a % of users something up for a while and many return to it later...

    Just like any addictive thing, the weak willed will return to get their regular fixes.

    A friend of mine declared last May that he'd given up his job and was going to part of a crew of a yacht and sail it to S. Africa. He was a FB addict so I wondered what he would do for a FB fix.

    He emailed me from Grand Canaria saying that the first week had been hard but now he didn't need a daily/hourly dose of the FB drug.

    When I met him back in the UK after his trip, he said proudly, 'I'm FB Clean', going to sea was the best thing I could have done. Now he's met a fantastic lady in a Cafe where before he'd be FB'ing all the time and they are getting married in September.

    Twitter is just as bad for many users.

    Things like this should come with a health warning.

  13. Mr Larrington

    Stating the bleedin' obvious

    Later on "Stating The Bleedin' Obvious", "water wet, fire hot", court is told.

  14. Mystic Megabyte
    Big Brother

    Social(ist) Networking?

    Why is universal medical care deemed communist but an almost universal information gathering network is not?

    I hear locally that FB is full of gossip and slander, even about the partners of FB users.

    The Stasi would have been in seventh heaven if FB had been around back then.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Social(ist) Networking?

      re, the Stasi - indeed as a recent suspension of firemen in Düsseldorf for quoting disparaging remarks about the mayor on Facebook illustrates.

      1. Darryl


        In Soviet Russia, Facebook quit YOU

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "to those 20 per cent who say they've quit Facebook, allow this Reg reporter to extend his gnarled index finger and say: "You'll be back! Mark my words ... you'll be back!" "


    to those 20 per cent who say they've quit Facebook, allow this Reg reporter to extend his gnarled index finger and say: "You twat! Now I look even more stupid than I did."

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pew ?

    As in Pepe Le Pew ? I thought their research smelled funny...

  17. Code Monkey

    "You'll be back! Mark my words ... you'll be back!"

    Not a chance, New MySpace. Not a chance.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it took them SOME time

    it's taken remarkably long for that lot to realize, given the attention time span of modern generation

  19. Tom Melly

    The trouble FB faces is that it doesn't really allow any development as a communications medium. No discussion threads, everything dropping out of site after a few hours - it doesn't really support anything more complex than gossip, kittens and promotional pages. Everyone's trapped in an endless loop.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Groundhog Book?

  20. Rob

    Counterintuitive... really?

    Is it really that much of a surprise that the younger age group is the one that drifts off, that is the age group that flips between trends the most. The older age group are less susceptible to trend shifting shirley?

  21. Elmer Phud

    Moved away?

    Tired of that possibility of having all your info sold to others?

    Tired of inane remarks?

    Tire of people you don't know making comments on your life?

    Worried that your pictures will be stolen by others?

    Concerned your account might be compromised?

    Move to Twitter!

    Oh, hang on a bit.

  22. Trustme

    Depends how you use it

    I use Fb for networking my interests more than keeping up with friends, but you can get burnout, I recently took a year off it just to give my head enough space to get my life back together. Did the trick nicely. But it does all depend how you use it and how much you choose to let it become a part of your life.

    To the person who said all Facebook users are losers, I guess you're not on it because you've no friends to find.

  23. bag o' spanners

    Use it for what it is; a comms network. That's what those old fogeys do. If your circle of friends is geographically extended, it makes a lot of sense to have a consistent private jabber space. PM threads sit outside the relentless stream of validation seeking passive aggression, spammy suggested wotsits, lame links, and fluffy kittens. Nothing complicated about including half a dozen people in a private conversation. Quality banter is still available on a more informal and geographically local level when you filter the junk that can get to to the notification bar.

    If you can't be arsed to filter your content, then it shouldn't be a surprise if it kills your will to live. If you think of the way the average person consumes junk tv, they seem quite content with quantity. For a huge percentage of that audience, their we habits are pretty much the same.

    *ooh!...a butterfly!"

    1. bag o' spanners


      "their web habits"

  24. Jo 5

    What have we learned today kids?

    So young people are fickle and tend to bop around from trend to trend huh?

    In other news... arboreal animals tend to defecate in the woods.

  25. MrRtd

    Facebook was fun and interesting back in 2007 or so, when it was not overly commercialised. Furthermore this article points out many other reasons why I rarely use it.

    For myself I consider privacy as a major reason not Facebook for anything more than a basic database of friends and basic communication such as birthday wishes. I think this survey is inaccurate on the privacy issues. Several of my FB friends do not use their complete first & last names, have deactivated their account during job searches, and have more than one account for various other privacy reasons.

  26. Jim Ettles 1


    Nobody seems to have mentioned the ever increasing amount of advertising in facebook. This would have been the first thing I asked about had I been doing the research

  27. Mark McC

    Perhaps the reason people eventually return... because it's almost impossible to delete an account. Facebook refuses to delete accounts straight away, but insists on a minimum 2-week "cold turkey" period during which you must avoid the site and any of a million Facebook widgets on every other site, lest one of them inadvertently reactivates your account. Oh, and don't forget to disable it on your phone and on your tablet and on your laptop and on any services like Twitter or Google+ or Windows Live or Tweetdeck etc etc because one of those might reactivate it too.

    Then, having done that (by living in a cave for a fortnight), you visit the site 4 weeks later to confirm your account is gone, and whoops you've just reactivated it.

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location-Tracking App

    Did The Reg miss this real FB news this week...? Two of the comments stand out :-

    Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location-Tracking App

    #1."Stalkers everywhere rejoice ... In related news, the NSA preps 1 billion friend requests.

    "The app ... would run even when the program isn’t open on a handset." Spyware does that too."

    #2."This is the type of information the Stasi would have killed for. It's odd that now about 2 decades after the fall of the Wall, we are now collecting more information on the private lives of every single American citizen in the name of capitalism. What many seem to forget in the rush to monetize mobile, is that there is a reason why it is written in the Constitution that every American should expect a right to privacy, because we saw what happens when that privacy is breached and those that are entrusted with that information can with a flip of a switch, use that information to subvert your very basic rights. This type of information in the wrong hands has a long history, and none of it is positive."

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