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.

Author: Anna Patrick

162 Comments

  1. Simone says:

    I could not agree more with all of these reasons listed!! Thank you for this article, it took the words right out of my mouth!!

    I quit Facebook a while back for several reasons, including these ones mentioned. Firstly, I was beyond sick to death of my newsfeed filling up with all sorts of superficial rubbish, of vain, superficial, shallow girls posting numerous photos of themselves posing vainly and pouting in low-cut, revealing dresses on nights out, or just anything that screamed vain and loud like that, expecting loads of “likes” ofcourse. Nearly every profile picture I came across was like that.

    People posting every aspect of their personal life/daily lives as well on Facebook drove me crazy. For example, young girls in their late teens/early twenties listing every detail of their pregnancy and birth, just desperate for attention, including photos of their bumps and everything, and even updating their status with their stage of labour, along with saying typical, cliché things such as: “My son/daughter isn’t even born yet though I’ve never loved anything so much in my life, along with anything else that’s very American cliché type. It seemed like a celeb wannabe thing with all the publicity craving. They were so not mature enough to have children. Stuff like that just wastes your time/mental energy, along with all the other rubbish on Facebook such as other people posting statuses of everything going on in their life, bragging about achievements with the expectance of many likes, or just anyone posting photos of every moment of an outing/holiday/night out etc or what they eat, like exposing so much and it’s sad because it’s all so fake and such an illusion, it’s much more meaningful to keep stuff like that private and just show/tell the people closest to you or who you know at least on a more intimate, private basis. It just gives the chance to expose so much of people’s lives and privacy and encourage such superficiality. I would find myself constantly wasting so much precious time looking at the updates of strangers lives, scrolling through my news feed daily either getting annoyed or bored as a result. Not to mention I either barely knew or didn’t know most of my Facebook friends, only usually being friends/acquaintances with about 10 out of 400 odd of them.

    I’d feel really exposed myself, even if I didn’t maintain any activity. For instance, I’d get loads of people I hadn’t even dealt with in many years from school sending me friend requests, and I was just like: “Why have you added me, what relevance to you have to me now?” Not to mention it would usually be people from my past who were from my past for a reason, cos they either bullied me or were so-called “friends” from school. I’ve come a long way since then, why would I want them being able to have access to me again?

    Oh and women in their 20s/30s acting like 12 year old girls posting anti-men stuff saying stuff that basically went something like this: “Guys who don’t treat their girls like princesses are scum of the earth!” Making out that guys who didn’t pamper their girlfriends and be at their beck and call with chocolates, pull out their chair all the time, do EVERYTHING for them and have it not be returned, basically who don’t slave away for their girlfriends are just rotten human beings. I saw something even that said: “Guys should always do the chasing in relationships. If a woman has to the chasing, it means the man isn’t interested and that’s a problem, always let the guy do the chasing!!” Not just was this so middle-ages, but it was actually more insulting and offensive to women than it was men, animalizing and objectifying them. Not to mention posts that made out only men did horrible stuff like cheating etc!!

    Stuff like this would make me so mad on a daily basis it was not healthy for me, which is why I just had to quit. Having quit facebook just makes me feel so much healthier and gives me the chance to, like you mention, be more productive and explore the more real, meaningful aspects of life like keeping intimate friendships, hobbies such as reading and just anything that is very refreshing and relieving from Facebook, as well as the relief of feeling I have complete privacy and my life is not an open book. I just use WhatsApp or texting now if I want to keep in touch with the considerably smaller number of people who actually matter to me than the amount of Facebook friends I had. It feels so much more natural and just me. Apologies about the essay here, I’m just really enthusiastic about writing!! :’)

  2. Robert C. says:

    Hi, I ran across this while looking for something to help my wife today- she’s rather upset with some Facebook nonsense and I suggested she delete her account. I kicked my Facebook habit 4 years ago and then 2 years later dropped Instagram – I’VE NOT ONCE REGRETTED either, I am grateful to have them out of my life. We all know now that tobacco companies knew smoking was bad for us and yet they continued to research ways to make their products more addictive and capture young consumers because they wanted to stay in business and make money. Facebook is now in rather a similar position – they need to keep you engaged and entirely enthralled, despite the mountains of evidence that social media can lead to depression and negative effects on your quality of life, they hire people to help them figure out how to keep you hooked. By the way, look up the etymology of that word – ‘enthralled’, it perfectly describes the relationship I had with Facebook: Constant and mindless scrolling and button clicking. Also look up studies done by Adam Alter, an associate professor of marketing and psychology at New York University. I dumped all my social media and don’t regret it AT ALL. Don’t listen to all the little lies you tell yourself about how you will loose touch with friends and family, people who really count will stay in touch.

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