Perceived addiction the reason Facebook users quit, but often return

facebook quitters return smart phone user
Kartik Malik/Flickr
Ever feel like social media is too much to handle, and you just want to call it quits? For all the benefits that Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and hundreds of other social media networks provide, they each come with their own share of downfalls. Most recently, researchers have revealed that social media is to blame for jealousy, anxiety, and depression, as well as many other ailments, with little upside to offer.

It makes sense that users believe stepping away from social networking may be the key to finding the joy and happiness lost pre-Facebook. And, like Ed Sheeran, users often see the light and step away from the Internet with the hope of reestablishing their more-happier lives off-screen. Why, then, does it seem like no one ever leaves permanently, only to return just days after declaring they’re done with social media?

According to a study of 5,000 surveys provided by, Cornell researchers were able to determine four main reasons users return to Facebook, after quitting. One of the primary reasons is perceived addiction in users who feel as though hanging out on Facebook had become a habitual part of their everyday lives. In addition to perceived addiction, researchers found that privacy and surveillance played an important role in determining whether someone returns from their Facebook hiatus. Users who felt like their Facebook activities were being monitored were less likely to return; those who used Facebook to manage how others think were more likely to return. Finally, according to the research, users in good moods were less likely to return to the platform, as well as those who had other social media accounts to fall back on such as Twitter.

However, leaving the platform to return days later isn’t a complete loss. The data also indicated that the break gave many users a chance to analyze the effects — negative or positive — that social media might have on their lives, leading many to adapt their use after returning by uninstalling the apps from their phones or reducing the amount of time they spend online.

Social Media

Instagram is crashing repeatedly for some users. Here’s the latest on the outage

Thousands of Instagram users said Tuesday that the social media app was repeatedly crashing or not opening at all, the third time in just over a month that the social network has experienced issues.

Dirty deeds are uncovered dirt cheap with these online background check resources

There are plenty of reasons for carrying out a background check, and not all of them are creepy. Here are several methods to run a background check on someone online, whether you need to vet a potential hire or a new babysitter.
Movies & TV

Here are the best shows on Netflix right now (July 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Social Media

Here’s why Twitter went down for an hour earlier on Thursday

Twitter is finally back online after going down for users around the globe late Thursday morning. The hour-long disruption made Twitter the latest major social media network to go offline over the past month

Reddit is finally back online after an hours-long desktop outage

Reddit is back online for desktop users after an hours-long outage early Thursday morning. Reddit's status page said it was still investigating some residual issues, so users may still have some trouble accessing the site. 
Social Media

Facebook now allows you to opt out of those ads that target your tastes

Tired of seeing Facebook ads that aren’t relevant to you? Now you can not only opt out of ads from that company, but you can also see why the ad was shown to you in the first place.
Social Media

YouTube offers creators more ways to boost their bank accounts

Whether you're a top YouTube creator or just breaking into the game, the video-streaming site has some new features designed to help you please your fans and increase your bank balance.

Stop Facebook from tracking you and using targeted ads with these tips

Facebook and businesses that use the site track what pages you like, your political affiliation, and even try to guess your race. All of this is done so the site can target you with relevant ads. Here's how to opt out.

President Trump attacks Facebook Libra, says it’s not dependable like the dollar

President Trump attacked Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency on Thursday, claiming it will have "little standing or dependability" and that Facebook would need to seek a banking charter if it wanted to move forward.
Social Media

The FTC will hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine over privacy violations

Facebook has agreed to a $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its numerous “privacy missteps." Once it goes through, this would be the largest FTC fine for a major technology company – and a huge chunk of…

Lua uses animated emotions to help you keep your plants happy and healthy

The Lua Smart Planter is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo to make this smiling plant pot a reality. The device helps you take care of your plants by showing their needs through a series of animated faces.

Flex your thumbs (and your brain) with these fun texting games

Gaming consoles keep getting more advanced, but you can still have fun with the good old Latin alphabet. Here are our picks for the best texting games, so you can make the most fun out of that limited data plan or basic cell phone.

Facebook says it won’t launch Libra until regulators are happy

Facebook says it won’t roll out its Libra cryptocurrency until it’s fully addressed regulatory concerns – though it added that regulation of the currency itself would largely happen in Switzerland, not the U.S.
Social Media

Twitter’s mobile-inspired dark mode desktop makeover isn’t just about looks may have a new look, but it's one that already feels familiar. The new design for Twitter's desktop version borrows heavily from the platform's mobile apps, with a sleeker look, a new dark mode, and easier navigation.