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I realized that Facebook is just totally absurd – Reasons of Non-users for Their Abstinence from Social Network Sites

Klingeberg, Carmen; Irle, Gabriele; Mandl, Thomas

Nowadays social network sites are present in all parts of our daily life. Nevertheless
there are a lot of people who do not use them. What reasons do
non-users have for their abstinence of social network sites? To answer this
question six semi-structured interviews with German non-users were conducted.
A qualitative analysis of the data shows that there are two main relevant
aspects. Firstly, their general life situation, and secondly, different reasons
for the abstinence of social network sites need to be considered. Two of
these reasons which we identified have not been revealed in previous research.
The concept of friendship and the communication style in social network
sites as e.g. users who show a distorted presentation of themselves to
show off were strong motives for abstinence.

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