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. mandy says:

    ive been without facebook for 3 years now and i love it. so much better without it

  2. Paul says:

    I have since deleted my account altogether since deactivating merely hides it, i wanted it gone, now its GONE!

  3. Paul says:

    I deactivated my Facebook months ago, i mainly used it to keep in contact with some friends and relatives who lived in other countries. However, there were a few problems, i recieved a few friend confirmation messages from people i hadn’t even requested so obviously i was hacked at some stage. But to be quite honest, even if that hadn’t of happened, i would still have deactivated, its very time consuming, distracting and after a while really dull and boring. Its also kind of annoying when you get requests or even messages from former schoolmates or co-workers that you dont want to have anything to do with anymore. And dont even get me started on dumb parents putting photos of their stupid babies all over it! Facebook is for silly teenage girls and people in general who have nothing else better to do with their time, good ridance.

    P.S
    Twitter ain’t much better!

  4. Tc says:

    After an extremely stressful two years I have decided facebook is no longer something I need in my life. After two horrible breakups and deaths in my family all it was doing was adding to my worries when I’m trying to move on. For those of you that have been through a breakup we all know that facebook is ultimately a torture zone. You log on and see a picture of him/her and then it brings everything flooding back, just when you think you have made progress. I think it’s important to realise that if the person wants you back or wants to make amends they know where you live and they know your mobile number.
    I definetley do believe facebook is not needed to live a happy and fufilling life.

  5. rachel lynn says:

    I had a facebook each time I talked on it my sisters husband would call him to tell him what I posted and my long lost daughter says she hates me.I deleted it all and im never looking back.

  6. Lor says:

    Hi
    I just had to comment on your post, I have been off Facebook now for 3 years and it’s the best thing I ever did! I used to love going on and having a nosey but found I was getting pissed off with what people were putting in their status. I had just had a baby and facebook became my life (cant believe im saying that now) and loved putting pics up of her but I started getting random requests of ppl who are all ‘friendly’ in the ‘cyber world’ but wouldn’t even talk if they passed you in the street!
    It’s just my personal preference but I honestly think it causes trouble, I’ve had a couple of fall outs with friends over Facebook. My husband and I tried a joint account but in the end we just shut the lot! I’m one of these people that get annoyed with people licking each others arses and then slag them off behind their back, WTF my motto is if I don’t like ya I don’t even speak, best way! Why do people feel the need to tell everyone everything! So much for a private life, the only thing I do miss is photos, but they can easily be emailed! I text my friends or call them, after all it’s good to talk! :)
    Kids getting bullied happens more on sites like these cos it’s so easy to victimise someone online, funny thing is they probably wouldn’t dare say it to the persons face, it’s like a cover! I’m 28 and there was no social networking sites, bullying still went on but now I reckon it’s 100 times worse?
    Also just to add I think kids esp young girls should be careful it’s so easy to be charmed by a ‘boy’ who turns out to be a dirty old perv or worse! Look at poor Ashleigh Hall who was murdered by Peter chapman, I know from being young how it feels when a boy likes you, you get carried away and obviously believe they are genuine, this peado brought her to my village and did god knows what it’s a quiet village, I think the worst crime before this was a penny sweet getting taken from the coop!
    Seriously tho Facebook is bad sorry to rant on, there’s no way on earth I’ll be letting my daughter use ANY social networking site!

  7. Ashley says:

    I have a facebook, and see no problems in having one. I didn’t for a long time, but now I see the upside to having one. When in person contact isn’t possible, and neither is phone contact or texting, facebook is a pretty nice thing to turn to. While it’s summer, facebook is how I’m staying connected to all of my friends from school. I also use it to keep updated on things related to my school, whether it be events coming up, or having classmates to ask about assignments, it’s nice to have it there. I rarely post status updates, and think carefully about what I put online, so I don’t feel like I’m revealing too much. I also frequently clean up my friends list, so I know I’m only reaching those I’m close to. I know there are reasons why someone would want to delete their facebook, but none of these seem like good enough reasons for me to do so. However, they might be good reasons for others, so it’s still a good post. :)

    • allison says:

      Ashley, how much time do you spend stalking people on facebook? Think of spending that time doing something more productive.

      • rachel lynn says:

        your right i found my daughter on there and it controlled my life.i no longer have facebook.

  8. msteele says:

    I actually deactivated mine today.
    I was getting really bored and annoyed with a lot of my friends’ “I-need-attention” posts. From experience on Facebook, most of the “friends” are never really that friendly in real life, anyway. I just felt like it was a game trying to find out who my real friends were because sometimes they wouldn’t acknowledge my posts, especially if it wasn’t party related or depressing.

    I had also felt that everybody was in my business and I knew certain people who sent me friend requests all because they wanted to see what I had to say. It just didn’t feel right anymore.

    I feel like I made a good decision because I don’t have to worry about what everyone else is doing and saying; they can stay out of my business as well. I’d rather meet people through class and such; if we really like each other, we’ll exchange numbers and go out. It’ll give a lot more to look forward to getting to know each other instead of researching it ALL on a profile.

    Facebook just puts more social pressure on others by putting up a challenge of basically who have a better life. And it’s easy to lie and be to mean through the keyboard.

    • Lor says:

      Well said be strong and stay off, your life will be so much more enjoyable I promise, everything you said is true! :)

  9. alllyyson says:

    i think facebook has its pros and cons. ive met tons of new peers through facebook, its a great way to break the ice and gain new friends. every time i need pictures facebook is also a great place to find them, i have found tons of pictures of my friends to use in collages. then again, some people post inappropriate pictures. its all about who youre friends with, and what they post. and breaking that addictive hold facebook has on people.

  10. Pascal says:

    If you can control yourself, I don’t think it’s necessary to delete you facebook. I check my facebook daily but I still finish my school work, have 2 jobs, go hiking, kayaking during the weekend. Life is still can be fun and awesome with facebook in your life =D Especially when we are getting older, friends are moving to everywhere and we all are getting busy, its a easy way to keep with them.

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