Study finds that more than one-in-four have deleted the Facebook app from their phones

Study finds that more than one-in-four have deleted the Facebook app from their phones
According to a survey of 4,594 people conducted between May 29th and June 11th, 26% have removed the Facebook app from their phones. Only 9% decided to download all of the personal information about them that Facebook was holding. On the other hand, 54%  have adjusted the privacy settings on the Facebook app, and 42% have taken a multi-week break from the platform.

The survey revealed that Facebook users 18 to 29 years of age were more likely to have deleted the app (44%) than those 65 and older (12%). While one-in-three members of the latter group adjusted the privacy settings on the app, those adjustments were made by 64% of users in the younger group. There wasn't much of a difference between the two age brackets when it came to taking a break from the site; 40% of the kids and 47% of their elders took a temporary vacation from the app.

The survey results might have been affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which originally broke in March. As it turned out, approximately 87 million Facebook subscribers had personal information used without their permission by Russian-American researcher Aleksandr Kogan. The latter sold the information to political consultant firm Cambridge Analytica, allegedly for use by the Trump campaign.

Earlier today, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testified in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence along with other executives from social media companies. The hearing was held to study these how these firms responded to foreign influence on their platforms.

Meanwhile, the study from Pew found that Facebook membership is comprised of the same number of Republicans and Democrats. Both parties had equal number of Facebook users take a break from the app, or delete it from their phones.

source: Pew via TechCrunch

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14 Comments

1. deleon629

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Perhaps there is hope for humanity after all. 1 in 4 people aren't as dumb as we think

2. jasaero

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Well the app sucks worse than some of the other things folks are annoyed with facebook over lately. Biggest battery hog of an app ever.

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

So crap that they force you to download the app just to view Facebook messages.

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1373; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You don't have to, switch your browser to desktop mode.

11. TheOracle1

Posts: 1918; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yep and that's the reason I've never used the app. I access through my browser only. Unfortunately I can't do without WhatsApp but I'm willing to live with that tradeoff. I don't even bother with the other data miner that is Instagram.

4. Chris_ABN

Posts: 183; Member since: May 16, 2018

I've never had a FB so I uninstall it immediately on any device I get.

10. FreshPrinceOfH

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

If your devices come with Facebook preinstalled you might be buying the wrong devices.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Facebook? Got rid of that years ago!!

6. emjoigently

Posts: 147; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

I've had Facebook accounts twice and closed them twice. The first time, Facebook seemed like a cool idea, but then it became that social hassle of keeping up with everyone else's business. The second time, it was to enter a competition. I didn't win. It sat idle for a year until I got around to closing that. Facebook tempts you in. Things i want to see are on it now and again, but I just accept that part of the Internet is closed to me. I don't need to be part of everything

7. emjoigently

Posts: 147; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Oh, and Facebook Messenger with its bloody blob heads on the homescreen. I really don't need that in my life.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1566; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Bloody blob heads?

9. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

If you have Whatsapp or Instagram, you still have Facebook.

13. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

That’s what no one is getting.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

My phone is free of all Zucker apps for years. They take as much user data as Google and provide what in return, a my space wall and messenger app. Junk status imo.

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