Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Are You Suffering From Facebook Fatigue?

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A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center determined that over the years, people are not tiring of using Facebook. The term “Facebook fatigue” is used to describe a decreasing interest and engagement in Facebook. The social networking site is used for so much online activity, and is now so integrated into the daily lives of many, that eventually there may be a burn out. While it seems like the world as a whole isn’t suffering from Facebook fatigue, it doesn’t mean that you, as an individual, are still as involved as ever. Lots of people are withdrawing from Facebook, especially with recent privacy changes and the introduction of Timeline. Are you one of them?

Daily Routine

Billions of people worldwide use Facebook to interact with others. They update their statuses to let their friends know what they’re up to. They share pictures of personal events in their lives. They share the online content that interests them. They have conversations and make connections. They read the statuses, posts, and comments of their friends. And most people do all this on daily basis, even spending hours at a time on Facebook. Even though there is new content every day, does it ever get boring? You might find that Facebook just doesn’t satisfy your craving to share and connect as much as it used to. When you’re bored, instead of logging onto Facebook, you wonder what else is out there to interest you. If this is the case, you’re suffering from Facebook fatigue.


Because Facebook encourages so much communication, it can lead to a lot of over-sharing. People who over-share on Facebook say and post things that they wouldn’t in real life. They broadcast everything from the inconsequential to the extremely private, and all of their friends and acquaintances can see. In real life, maybe only a handful of people would find out. There are also lots of “Facebook stalkers” who love spending all their time digging up juicy gossip on the site, and they love over-sharers. However, if you’re suffering from Facebook fatigue, these highly impersonal forms of connecting with others are beginning to get old. You’re tired of seeing all that information in your news feed, because most of it you just don’t care about or don’t want to know. You wish there was some way to separate the few things that are relevant or interesting from everything that isn’t, and you can’t.

Real Relationships

If you’re suffering from Facebook fatigue, you also realize that your life is beginning to lack true personal connections. You talk to your friends and family from behind a computer screen, rather than having a real conversation. You might begin to wonder why no one picks up the phone anymore. Nothing can truly replace hearing someone’s voice or feeling their touch, but Facebook has come very close. If you crave more, you’re fatigued. The good thing is that you recognize your growing disillusionment with Facebook. Now, you can put more time and energy into the relationships that truly matter in your life.

Maddie Sharp would have a better byline for this article but it is her turn in Words with Friends. Never publish a piece without using a grammar checker.
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