6 Years Without A Facebook Account
You might find it difficult to believe that someone would choose to delete their Facebook account. But I had quite a few good reasons to do it. Here are some of the reasons why I finally decided to leave Facebook.
This is probably the main reason why many Facebook users choose to delete their accounts. I felt that Facebook wasn’t safeguarding my privacy in a way that I could trust. I was going through a tough time in my life and felt I needed more time to myself. I didn’t want to and couldn’t be bothered sharing everything I was going through, even though Facebook kept prompting me to share and participate. Eventually, I just got fed up with Facebook and didn’t want to share my life as much as Facebook wanted me to. So I just deactivated my account.
Another reason I decided to delete my Facebook account was that I didn’t want potential employers discovering my Facebook profile and digging through my posts. They were never posted to share them with anyone other than friends.
It was too addictive
I found Facebook to be extremely addictive. I was checking Facebook frequently, looking at status updates from my friends. And other applications made me feel that I needed to keep checking for rewards and updates. I realized that Facebook was interfering with my daily life to the point where it was harming me. The solution was simple: deactivate my account to eliminate the temptation to continually check notifications.
Like many other ex-Facebook users, towards the end, I spent more time on other social media applications like LinkedIn or Twitter. They were more in line with what I was looking for. So eventually it seemed pointless to maintain my Facebook account.
I mentioned earlier I didn’t exactly trust Facebook with my privacy. But I wasn’t totally on-board with Facebook’s terms of service either. I inherently distrusted Facebook’s CEO and the direction the company was going in. The way they use personal data and manipulate news fees, applying censorship and bias put me off using it. So I guess closing my account was also my way of protesting against Facebook and what it had become.
Life after Facebook
I deactivated my account over 6 years ago. It’s something I would highly recommend to others who might be thinking about doing the same. I was fed up with ‘liking’ things just because of some weird sense of obligation I felt. Or constantly comparing myself with other people I knew. And the worst was the amount of time I spent scrolling through the bullshit that appeared in my feed.
It was only after closing my Facebook account that I realized how exhausting social media is. I now spend more time in actual conversations and going out with friends. It’s more interesting when I meet up with them because I don’t see their daily updates on Facebook anymore.
Finally, I’m more focused on living my life rather than posting about my life online. Closing my Facebook account was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Maybe it’ll be the same for you!