An increasing number of Facebook users in the U.S. have taken recent steps to put some distance between themselves and the social media giant, according to recent report released by Pew Research Center.
Pew’s report found that about four-in-ten (42 percent) U.S. adults said they’ve taken a break from the platform for several weeks or more in the last 12 months.
More than a quarter (26 percent) reported that they’ve deleted Facebook’s app from their cellphone.
Younger adults comprised the demographic most likely to have limited their relationship with the social media site recently. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Facebook users ages 18 to 29 said they’ve adjusted their Facebook privacy settings in the last year, compared to only a third of Facebook users 65 and older. And nearly half of younger users (44 percent) said they’ve deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the past 12 months, compared with only 12 percent of users ages 65 and older have
Altogether, more than half of all Facebook users polled (54 percent) said they’ve adjusted their privacy settings in some way in the past year. Fewer than 10 percent also said they’ve downloaded the personal data Facebook has on them, while provoked 79 percent who had done so to adjust their privacy settings.
Pew’s report polled 4,594 U.S. adults between May and June. Respondents were drawn from Pews’ American Trends Panel (ATP), a nationally-representative list of randomly selected U.S. adults recruited from landline and cellphone random-digit-dial surveys.