Last month, I decided to delete my Facebook account for good. To some it probably seems like I committed blog suicide, but I know closing my account was the best thing for me. I haven’t looked back and I have no regrets in closing my account.
Facebook gives you a 2-week period before they permanently delete your account. During the 2-week period, you should not log in, because if you do log in, your account is reactivated. I made the mistake of logging in when I tried deleting my account a few times before and I finally realized that I was wasting a lot of my time on Facebook; time I could not get back.
Well, I finally had the discipline to not log in during the 2-week period and I am living without a Facebook account. Living without Facebook is doable and I am doing it.
Here are a few of the reasons why I deleted my Facebook account:
1. Big Distraction. I had a Facebook page for this blog and I would login to update the page, but I would find myself on my personal page getting caught up in what other people were sharing. Before I knew it, 5-minutes had turned into 30-minutes to an hour.
2. Time Waster. I would often log on to Facebook to fill my time. Again time went by so fast, I had to ask myself, “Where did the time go and how in the world have I spent this much time on Facebook?” The time I wasted on Facebook could have been spent writing, promoting blog posts, commenting on other blogs, networking or enjoying family, real friends and life.
3. Friends Caused Me to Feel Bad. Friends would cause me to feel bad about things, especially when they were constantly posting about what their child was doing (tests, grades, college). I eventually blocked those friends from my feed. It almost seemed to me at times that some of my friends were bragging about every aspect of their lives and to be honest, I could not care less.
4. Privacy. The longer I had an account the more I learned that Facebook is not so private as I thought. That’s all I will say about that.
5. Family Issues. Some of my family would share things on Facebook that I thought should have been kept off Facebook and dealt with behind the scenes. Most of the time when I would see these posts, I felt like I was being nosy. In real life, I would have never known any of the issues that family members were having.
6. Facebook Page. Even though my Facebook page was growing, I had very little interaction. Maybe I could have stepped up my game and engaged the members of the page more, but I did not have that kind of time. Plus, at times when I tried, it was if I was wasting my time. In order for me to get reasonable interaction, I would need to post every chance I got. I finally realized that it was not worth it. With little interaction and traffic from Facebook to my blog, I can do without a Facebook page.
7. Spend time on a Few Social Media Sites. After reading Leo Babauta’s article Simply the Internet , I decided to focus on 3 social media networking sites. I do not spend a lot of time on these sites. Facebook was not on my list, because it sucked up too much of my time as well as sapped my mental energy. These days, I use Twitter, Google Plus and You Tube.
8. Loss of Real Communication. People would contact me to do them a favor by sending me messages on Facebook. These are people that I know personally. What happened to picking up the telephone and chatting with the person or discussing things over lunch? We need to get back to the old way of communicating.
9. Peace of Mind. My mind feels at peace and it is clutter free. Since I deleted my Facebook account, I write more and use my time wisely. I spend more time with my family and less time on the computer. Which means that I am not bombarded with the constant flow of information and it feels good.
Even though I am not on Facebook, I do not feel I am missing anything. The best thing about scaling back my social media sites, is that I have more time.
Time is valuable and we can never go back to retrieve time. Time waits for no one.