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Is not using Facebook the next trend in social networking?

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A growing number of young people refuse to use Facebook, or have left it, citing several concerns.

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

The New York Times has a great long piece today on the growing number of young people who are leaving or never joining Facebook to begin with. Several reasons noted for staying away from the behemoth social network include the oft-discussed privacy concerns that Facebook presents, in addition to people reporting that the site can actually make you feel less, rather than more, connected to actual human beings. As Facebook continues to grow with over 800 million users, and as it approaches its IPO, it should be reassuring to note that not everyone is simply along for the ride.