SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— If you have ever felt the need to take a break from Facebook, you are not alone. A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 61 percent of those surveyed said they have taken an extended break from the site.

The study also found that a number of users said they are spending less time on Facebook than they did a year ago.

I thought privacy would be high on the list for reasons as to why people are not participating as much, but that only contributed to four percent of the people surveyed who no longer use it or are on a break. Only one percent did not like sharing or posting.

The survey found 21 percent are too busy or don’t have the time. People that just aren’t interested or simply don’t like Facebook made up for 10 percent. Meanwhile, another 10 percent said it was a waste of time or that the content was irrelevant.

But an interesting factor was that nine percent of the people thought there was too much drama, gossip, negativity and conflict on the site.

It does beg the question of what exactly Facebook is for. It’s open for interpretation and many people have their own ideas and concepts on how to use social media.

What is the proper etiquette on what you can and cannot post? Can you use it to post political viewpoints? Should you voice your opinion or that of others on issues such as gun control? Is it just as superficial as posting pictures of your pets, kids or one another? Or even what you had for dessert?

I use Facebook to post articles I’ve written. Many people use it as a publicity platform or as a self promotional tool. But at some point this all boils down to people tiring over what other people post, have to say as well as endless invites to things you may never even consider attending.

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