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This…is the story of why I deleted my Facebook account.
Earlier this week, I was noticing a lot of clutter from people I didn’t really know. I decided it was time to do a routine cleaning of my friends list. After much searching and frustration, I determined there was no way to mass delete people from my list. Which, in turn, led me to contemplate the deactivation of my account.
I started weighing the pros and cons of Facebook and whether or not I needed it in my life any longer. Could I really do it? Could I let go of the addiction that had grown over the past 5 years? All that time I wasted I reading about other peoples’ lives would be for nothing!
I decided it was time to unplug.
Don’t get me wrong, Facebook definitely has some selling points! Being able to connect with family and friends is great. Sharing photos, stories, ideas, and other various aspects of your life is wonderful. It’s great for businesses and advertising, too! There just comes a point when the amount of useless information in the news feed starts to become overwhelming. Sure, I love seeing photos of my relatives’ children growing up, but I really dislike seeing how every Tuesday, Fred from my biology class five years ago eats at Taco Bell and gets sick.
Every day I would find myself being sucked away from whatever I was doing so I could see what was happening on Facebook or to post a status no one truly cared about. I was diverting my attention from things I ACTUALLY needed to get accomplished, like starting Hacking Humanity. I was connected at home, at work, in the car, even while I was sleeping, getting notifications on my phone!
I decided I’m going cold turkey. I’m just going to quit. My account is deactivated. So far it has been 4 days and I am really happy with my choice. I don’t see myself going back. Facebook is a tool and when used correctly it can be immensely powerful and awesome. For me though, it was just a way to see people that don’t know how to be frugal with their lives.
Should you quit Facebook? Probably not. Is it good to take a step back and get some fresh air? Absolutely.