Before the coronavirus pandemic, Tiffany Bradford would exercise at her local Planet Fitness in Boston, Massachusetts.
The gym recently began hosting a series of at-home workouts that are streamed every day through Facebook Live, as Planet Fitness locations, like many other gyms and businesses, remain closed because of the pandemic.
Shifting to at-home exercise routines is a challenge that many usual gym-goers across the United States are likely grappling with, as about 95% of Americans are under orders to stay at home. But Bradford’s adjustment is proving to be more difficult.
She’s not on Facebook.
“I’ve been kind of surprised lately [about] how many free resources require a Facebook,” Bradford, a 26-year-old technology consultant, said.
She isn’t alone in staying off the social network. Business Insider asked a small group of about 60 former users if they’d returned to the platform since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Two-thirds of them said no. While Bradford cited several reasons for leaving the site — a lack of meaningful connections, disinformation on the platform — many users have seemingly left Facebook following controversial findings that came to light in recent years, and they aren’t turning back.