Teens Turn Back on Facebook

Taking time out from social network obsession
By Jen Paton,  Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2009 4:34 AM CST
So over it: when will the olds catch on?   (AP Photo/Russel A. Daniels)

(Newser) – While older people stress about new privacy settings, some teens are calling timeout on Facebook, choosing to concentrate on college applications, finals, and real life, reports the New York Times. One girl made a pact with her best friend to stay off, noting: “We spent way too much time obsessing over Facebook and it would be better if we took a break from it.”

Facebook does not release statistics on quitters and it's notoriously hard to permanently delete an account. Teens, however, are employing creative strategies to stay offline. One girl asked her older sister to change her password every Sunday, and reveal it only on Friday night. Her grades immediately improved, plus her mom stopped bothering her about being online all the time. Maybe they're on to something.

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