May 2018 – When considering the overwhelming prevalence of social media platforms in today’s society, it may be surprising to learn that a majority of those who use the sites said they would not have trouble giving them up.
A January survey by Pew Research Center states that some 59% of social media users think it would not be hard to give up social media, with 29% indicating it would not be hard at all. By contrast, 40% say they would indeed find it hard to give up social media – although just 14% think it would be “very hard” to do this. At the same time, the share of social media users who would find it hard to give up these services has grown in recent years. The center asked an identical question in a survey conducted in January 2014, and at that time, 28% of social media users indicated they would have a hard time giving up social media, including 11% who said it would be “very hard.”