Study reveals 50 percent internet users suffer from social media overload

A new study in the US has revealed that internet users want a much-needed break from social networking sites.

Published Date
15 - Jul - 2013
| Last Updated
15 - Jul - 2013
 
Study reveals 50 percent internet users suffer from social media...

A recent study in the US conducted by an online organization hub, MyLife.com, has found out that internet users have a social media overload, with more than 50 percent of the users having either taken, or wanting to take a break from Social Networking sites.

The survey was conducted on more than 2,000 adults aged 18 years and older. The results found that more than 40 percent of Internet users have multiple social networking profiles. The report stated that the average adult now has 3.1 email addresses, up from 2.6 from a year ago. 35 percent of the adults surveyed spent more than 31 minutes on social media sites every day. Almost 60 percent of the users surveyed stated that they experienced anxiety over any missed event or update.

The study has revealed that users are becoming overwhelmed by the vast number of social networking sites and the number of logins and passwords they have to remember. A recent study has revealed that more and more users now suffer from 'password fatigue'. 'Password fatigue' is now being recognized as a psychological disorder that explains the user’s inability to remember passwords. The study revealed that internet users now have more than five passwords and logins that they need to use daily.

Moving away from the traditional password has become a hot topic nowadays. Google has also recently published a paper detailing its plans to abolish the password with users being able to use personalized coded finger ring or insert unique ID cards to login instead.

Source: TOI