More Users are Taking a Break from Facebook, New Survey Finds

06 Sep

More and more people are taking a break from Facebook, a new survey by the Pew Research Center has found.

One in four Facebook users aged 18 and above have deleted the app from their phone over the past year, while four in ten have taken a break from checking the social media platform for weeks. More than half the users (56 percent) have also adjusted their privacy setting.

The findings came from a survey of more than 3,400 US adults, which was conducted over the period of May 29-June 11 following the revelations that technology firm Cambridge Analytica had mined data on millions of Facebook users without their consent.

Young people were more likely to change up their relationship with the platform. 44 percent of users aged 18 to 29 said they had deleted the app from their phone, almost four times the proportion of users aged 65 and above (12 percent).

Although Facebook has been accused of suppressing conservative voices, Republicans were found to be no more likely than Democrats to have taken a break from Facebook.