Nobody's Quiting Facebook

Social media's honeymoon is over, says James Rainey at The L.A. Times, but those bothered by privacy concerns and a distracted lifestyle are rethinking their relationship to Facebook et al rather than quiting.

Social media's honeymoon is over, says James Rainey at The L.A. Times, but those bothered by privacy concerns and a distracted lifestyle are rethinking their relationship to Facebook et al rather than quiting. "Clay Shirky, who writes about the social and economic effects of the Internet, makes a strong case that the new technologies and platforms are 'the sort of thing society grows into,' not out of...We continue to fumble around for the right balance. But most aren't quitting because of the annoyances. They're regrouping and redeploying."

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