Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers


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There was a Princeton study in 2014 which compared Facebook to an infectious disease. According to the study, Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017. The prediction seems to have missed its mark. But, really?

In this paper we have applied a modified epidemiological model to describe the adoption and abandonment dynamics of user activity of online social networks. Using publicly available Google data for search query Myspace as a case study, we showed that the traditional SIR model for modeling disease dynamics provides a poor description of the data. A 75% decrease in SSE is achieved by modifying the traditional SIR model to incorporate infectious recovery dynamics, which is a better description of OSN dynamics. Having validated the irSIR model of OSN dynamics on Google data for search query Myspace, we then applied the model to the Google data for search query Facebook. Extrapolating the best fit model into the future suggests that Facebook will undergo a rapid decline in the coming years, losing 80% of its peak user base between 2015 and 2017.

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3 thoughts on “Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

  1. I lasted four months on Facebook. I see things for what they are and I thought it was the most idiotic site (next to Pinterset) I’ve ever seen online and I’ve been around for quite a while. I hang out in Tech forums and found https://www.fbpurity.com/ which really showed how full of crap the site really is. I didn’t feel safe and deleted the account, which you have to look up online to do. Facebook is possibly one of the biggest malware sites that people voluntarily give up everything.

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