Facebook users are quitting the US online social networking service in large numbers due to privacy concerns and fear of internet addiction, new research shows.
September 20, 2013
Researchers from the University of Vienna analyzed 600 participants’ responses to assessment measures based on their level of concern over various issues.
Reasons for quitting Facebook were mainly privacy concerns (48.3 percent), followed by a general dissatisfaction (13.5 percent), negative aspects of online friends (12.6 percent) and the feeling of getting addicted (6.0 percent).
Earlier this year research showed Facebook had lost 9 million monthly users in the United States and 2 million in Britain. Studies show the majority of users that quit the social website were older males.
Facebook, among other tech giants, have been repeatedly under scrutiny for their lack of user privacy, including turning over thousands of user’s info to the US government.