(MyFoxBoston.com) - A new study by Pew Research reveals that of the two-thirds of American adults online who have Facebook, half of them say they are going to take a break from the social media site for several weeks or more at a time primarily because they are too busy or have lost interest.
The study, which is titled "Coming and Going on Facebook," was published on Wednesday.
The Huffington Post's Craig Kanalley reported on this story, noting that along with all the good of Facebook, there are negative impacts that have been linked to mental health and addiction. This new study shows that users may be realizing these impacts.
Pew states that 61 percent of users "have voluntarily taken a multi-week break from using the site" and 27 percent say they plan to use the site less in 2013.
In the study, 21 percent of users said they are too busy, 10 percent said they have lost interest and 10 percent think it is a waste of time. Other reasons users are dropping off Facebook, include users think there is too much gossip, they are spending too much time on the site, some are growing tired of it, and others said "just because."
Facebook has become one of the top visited places on the Internet in the U.S., but this new study shows that engagement has fallen recently. However, with more than one billion active users announced in October by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is still a large player, reports the Huffington Post.
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