Why Do People Use Facebook?

By Alexis C. Madrigal

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Embedded in a complicated paper Megan Garber covered for us, we found a survey of 623 people's reasons for using Facebook. A few caveats: 71 percent of the respondents were students and 69 percent were female, so it's a specific population of users. The respondents were asked to rate how often they used Facebook for various reasons on a five-point scale. What comes in dead last? "To express my political and/or social views." First? "To see what my friends are up to." And that's followed closely by, "To relieve boredom."

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/why-do-people-use-facebook/274721/