Give Me A Break...From Facebook!

Mar 27, 2013

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Attendees take a break

Constant status updates, games, chat notifications, and shared photos, videos, and links—no wonder Facebook can keep you distracted for hours on end. Sometimes though, enough is enough.

According to a new study, 61 percent of adult Facebook users have at some point taken extended, weeks-long breaks from the social networking site, citing reasons to which you can probably relate. 21 percent of respondents said they were too busy, 10 percent lost interest, and 10 percent felt like they were wasting time. Too much drama and excessive use were also cited as reasons for taking time off Facebook. 

This sample of U.S. adults on Facebook is telling, but it doesn’t address Facebook’s younger users who tend to have differing perspectives on social media. Some teens treat Facebook like oxygen. They can’t live without it.

But wasting time on Facebook isn’t the only danger associated with the site. Spending so much time on social media can cause complacency and there are always identity thieves, child predators, and cyberbullies waiting to attack users who let their guards down. Don’t let yourself or your child become a victim. Also note that Facebook isn’t the only site being visited regularly. In fact, among 13-18 year olds and 19-25 year olds, Tumblr is used more than Facebook. Twitter is the 3rd most used social site.

If you are a concerned parent, encourage your teen to spend some time away from these social networking sites every once in a while. If necessary, try using an Internet filter for children with time management features. Like Tumblr and Twitter, Facebook can easily become an addiction, so occasionally taking a step back can give some much needed perspective and self-control.

To monitor your child's activities on social networks, Net Nanny Social will soon be available.  It gives parents a web-based tool to make it easy and quick to keep track of a child's posts, friends, and photos on various social networks.

I work for Net Nanny and all opinions are my own.