Facebook users are committing 'virtual identity suicide' and quitting the site in droves over privacy and addiction fears.
Reports claim Facebook recently lost 11 million users in the U.S and UK
The majority of people quitting the site blamed concerns over privacy
Other reasons included fear of addiction, and shallow conversations
By Victoria Woollaston
PUBLISHED: 10:28 EST, 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:41 EST, 17 September 2013
Facebook users are quitting the social network in droves due to privacy concerns and fear of internet addition, according to new research.
Increasing numbers are taking part in what's been dubbed 'virtual identity suicide' and deleting their accounts.
Analysis of more than 600 people, by researchers from the University of Vienna, found that data protection issues and social pressure to add friends were also among the reasons for leaving.
Others quoted shallow conversations, general dissatisfaction and loss of interest in the site.
Quitters were older, on average, and more likely to be male. Reasons for quitting Facebook were mainly privacy concerns at 48.3 per cent, general dissatisfaction at 13.5 per cent, negative aspects of online friends, 12.6 per cent, and fear of getting addicted at 6 per cent.
THE GADGET THAT CAN WEAN PEOPLE OFF FACEBOOK
A pair of procrastinators from MIT recently came up with a shocking way to tackle their Facebook habits - a keyboard device that electrocutes them when they spend too long on the site.
The Pavlov Poke gadget sits under the wrist of a computer user and monitors which sites and applications are used.
If the user is meant to be working, but keeps getting distracted by Facebook, for example, or spends too long chatting on forums, the device sends an electric shock.
Brenda Wiederhold, editor of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking which published the findings, said: 'Given high profile stories such as WikiLeaks and the recent NSA surveillance reports, individual citizens are becoming increasingly more wary of cyber-related privacy concerns.
'With photo tags, profiling, and internet dependency issues, research such as Professor Stieger's is very timely.'
Excerpts courtesy MailOnline, U.K.
Multiple refugees swarmed to Facebook, & I was forced to join because a few friends went there & I had no other way to communicate with them. I found it very unsatisfactory, & I'll be leaving soon. They're taking over other websites in that one cannot register unless registering with them as well! This is preposterous.
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