4 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook And Never Look Back

Yes, I’m serious. There is nothing more liberating than cutting the ties that bind you to arguably the most addictive form of social media out there. Whether you have deleted your Facebook, are considering deleting it, or get nauseous at the thought of it, here are a few reasons to take the plunge.

 

Keep your life yours.

Sure, keeping up with old friends is great… but who says they necessarily should have access to your entire life now even though you haven’t spoken in months, or years? That relationship status that you update, does everyone really need to know if you’re still dating so-and-so, so they can judge your love life? After I deleted my Facebook I realized that I truly coveted all aspects of my life, from the small moments to the bigger ones like relationships, enough to keep them to myself and those I am truly close with beyond viral perimeters.

 

Keep friendships and relationships more intimate.

Deleting your Facebook doesn’t mean that people will talk to you less, it just means that they will have to work a little harder to keep in touch with you… but does sending a text really qualify as that much harder anyway? Using the phone or email more helps to keep your relationships at least a little more personal than a Facebook message or chat. And of course, nothing beats in person contact, so deleting Facebook can be a motivating factor to engage in more intimate friendship communication.

 

Be more productive.

Without the Facebook distraction, you can focus more on what matters to you both online and in your daily life – like that blog you love to update, or going to more exercise classes at the gym or spending more time outdoors. Instead of being a computer zombie, break the cycle and try to embrace the world before Facebook – or in this case, after.

 

No more drama.

This is really self-explanatory. Without an overabundance of information, or an extra channel in which to monitor or be monitored, you have more control over the information you see and the information others see. No more incriminating photos or statuses, and no stumbling across incriminating wall posts that fill your head with doubt or negative energies.

 

What do you think?

Have you deleted your Facebook? If so, how do you feel about your decision? Are you thinking of keeping your Facebook, or would you never delete it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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  1. Jene Jene says:

    I have been Facebook-free for four months now, and it’s great. I found that with Facebook, I was constantly looking for thumbs up and comments, so I would work really hard to make my life either sound humorous or exciting, or whatever. And I didn’t like it. There were days where none of my 150+ friends would like or comment on a status, and that made me feel like crap.
    AND WHO NEEDS TO PUT UP WITH THAT?
    People need to learn how they want their facebook life to represent their real life. I don’t like to think that I’m an attention-seeker, yet that is what facebook was doing to me.
    I still miss hearing from all my old high school friends, but I can live with that. We’ve all got separate lives now, and I just wanna be free.

    • allison allison says:

      I absolutely agree! I just deactivated my facebook and I’m really happy I did! I’m really sick of how narcissistic and attention-seeking it makes everyone, especially grown adults!! There’s such a dark side to it. People stalk others without even taking the time to get to know them. My personal opinion is that if I never felt comfortable around you in person or even shared my life with you before, then why would I do it online? Sorry but I’m not that desperate for attention or in need of online validation to know my life is worthy. I also don’t want people gossiping about me.

      An annoying thing is that every new mother feels the need to post millions of baby photos and brag endlessly of how great motherhood is. If it’s so great why are you at home taking pictures for facebook instead of being with your baby?!
      Facebook is for women (and men) who are extreme extroverts and need to be in everyone’s business or stay-at-home moms with way too much time on their hands. Your whole facebook feed doesn’t need to know lil’ Tommy took his first SH&*&.!!!

    • Lor Lor says:

      You are so right!!! It’s crazy what it can do to you, you will realise when your older these so called ‘friends’ are not that, my true real friends text me and phone me, I hope you look back and praise yourself for doing this, JOIN THE MINORITY BE AN INDIVIDUAL AND BE FACEBOOK FREE :)

  2. lilymay lilymay says:

    I deactivated last week and it’s been a bad experience having done so.
    For people who aren’t socially inclined, don’t have much phone credit or time to meet up with friends, Facebook is a good way to at least talk to friends.
    Why do you need your life to be ‘yours’ anyway? Have something to hide?

    • Sean Sean says:

      Oh please – not the old “got something to hide?” argument again. We enjoy meeting people for real, not hiding behind a carefully tailored profile page. Perhaps you’re the one with something to hide…?

  3. Shamese Shamese says:

    I have deactivated for the time being, but when September comes i’m going to permanently delete it, but it feel like I have more time for me since deactivating and it feels good.

  4. Deanna Deanna says:

    YES! FINALLY YES!

    I’ve been trying to explain this to the people who insisted I make a facebook. You might feel like you’ll stay in contact with people, but it just makes everything less personable. If people need to contact me, I have a cell phone. I am so glad I deleted my facebook, so I can meet new people and LEARN about them. I’ll never understand how people can spend hours stalking people online just to find out information they would know if they spent time with them. Maybe with this post more people will delete their facebooks and get BACK to the real world.

    • Maria Park Maria Park says:

      You said it perfectly, Deanna. I am about to delete my Facebook page for the second time. I first will save all the pictures though. Those are invaluable. I will miss the positive things about Facebook, but it is in truth a time suck, and gives an illusion of a life. I will not miss the negative emotions of finding myself upset and annoyed at my siblings who never like or comment on my posts or pictures but certainly use it to stalk me and find out what I am up to — relieving them of any need to ever actually communicate with me.

    • princess g princess g says:

      i totally agree with you. i have recently deleted all my facebook profile. and i am so very glad i did that. it was doing my head in. plus i find that people would rather get in touch with me on there, then to ring me in real. plus i got treated badly when it was my birthday. so when i did delete my account i felt so great . i think the same as you. if friends want to get in touch with me. they have my phone number. or we can meet in person. i like the old way of communication.

  5. Sarah Sarah says:

    I did delete my Facebook last year, but I have since made a new one. As I am very shy, Facebook is a very useful medium to keep in contact with my friends, something which I didn’t realise until I deleted my account.

    I think it depends on how your social circles ‘work’. For instance, if most parties and other events are planned on Facebook you may end up being left accidentally not invited. It’s also harder to be involved in the planning of meet ups.

    It was still a very positive experience though. Making a new account means that I have gotten rid of all the ‘baggage’ my old account had from when I was younger and perhaps a little more naive as to what I should be posting. It also has been a handy way of culling all old school acquaintances, so now my account is a lot more private and my life is only shared with the people who really matter.

    Facebook has added a lot of new features such as putting accounts in groups. So it’s easier to do this from the start with a new account. I can also accept of reject tags, so I have better control over photos on my account.

    I often see people deactivate their account during exam time, which is very handy because it means that it is no longer a distraction, but you can reinstate it without having lost anything once exams are over.

    Facebook has a lot of pros and cons. For me though, the pros outbalances the cons.

    • john john says:

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