More than half of Facebook users say they've taken "vacations" from the social network for several weeks or longer, says a survey from Pew Research Center.
The survey found Facebook as the top social network in the U.S., with two-thirds of Americans claiming to be users. Of that group, 61% say they voluntarily stepped away from Facebook for a period of time.
The most common reason, finds Pew, is because users were too busy. The survey found 21% of those took an extended break because they didn't have time. About 10% said they weren't interested, while another 10% said Facebook was a waste of time.
It's interesting that you feel that these updates are meaningless. They all add up to create a more robust product, and if you used Facebook to communicate regularly with your friends and to seamlessly keep abreast with what is happening in peoples lives you would understand how beneficial they are.