Yes I Deactivated My Facebook Account

Yes, I did the “unthinkable” and deactivated my Facebook account over two weeks ago. I know two weeks isn’t a long time, but you try doing it and see what you think. It’s been a great experience overall and I really enjoy things without a Facebook account, but there are a few things I do miss.

 

Complete honesty in why I deactivated my account:

First, I really got tired of the “necessity” of having a Facebook account. I think it’s gotten a little out of control of how many sites make you sign up for an account with Facebook. I think it’s also a little ridiculous that people, and I used to be one of them, rely on Facebook so much. Facebook is a monopoly.

Facebook is SO integrated into our every day life and I do think that is a problem. We are programmed to it now. I’m willing to bet that Facebook is 1/3 first sites people visit, if not the first, when they pull up the internet every day.

Second, Facebook is filled with all kinds of drama, complaints and things I don’t really want to see or be a part of. I know you can control your friends and all of that, but I honestly got a little annoyed with the whole site.

Things have been MUCH better without a Facebook account. Not being on FB has really forced people to have actual interactions with me instead of just commenting and writing to me on Facebook. People have actual conversations with me and actually text me instead of just talking to me online all the time.

I’ve also been a lot more productive without Facebook. I don’t spend a lot of time just browsing around and wasting time. I’m actually working AND getting stuff done,  spending more time WITH people instead of just in front of a computer and I just seem to have a lot more free time. I never calculated how much time I spent on FB, but it must have been a lot of time.

 

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There are a few things I miss:

Photos and easily communicating with people.

I absolutely love photos as they document my life and what I’m doing. I do miss seeing photos of my friends and I at events and such. They can easily send them to me, tweet them or put them on Instagram though. It’s not that bad.

Since FB is so intertwined with our lives, I do miss the ease of communication with people while learning about how they are doing.  Some people still say to me, “Did you see ______ on FB?” I keep reminding people I don’t have one! People’s reactions to me deactivating my account have been pretty funny though. This being said, I do like the forced communication now I have with people.

Since I do work in social media for a few different companies, I do have a WCU work account we use for our eMarketing team and I update various pages that way, but I get on, update and leave. I don’t stay to browse around at all.

I do think most companies and brands should have a presence on Facebook and I do think it is important for people to understand how Facebook works and how Facebook pages for brands operate.

 

Overall, I really enjoy NOT having an account for now! It is very nice. While I won’t be returning any time soon, I will probably reactivate one day. We’ll see! I definitely encourage everyone to try this for a while.

 

Similar article I found: My Life Without Facebook

 

 

14 thoughts on “Yes I Deactivated My Facebook Account

  1. Great post. I was just thinking about this today, actually, in regards to my cell phone. I was sitting without it and I couldn’t help but think, “Oh man, this is tough.” I was then reminded of when I had my simple brick phone and life seemed simpler. Sigh. Thanks for the insight, I may have to try the Facebook deactivation, it seems quite liberating. 🙂

    1. Hi Rob!

      Thank you for reading and commenting. It is definitely more liberating and you realize how much you rely on Facebook for activity and communication.

      I’m not giving up my iPhone anytime soon though!

      -Lauren

  2. Great post. I was just thinking about this today, actually, in regards to my cell phone. I was sitting without it and I couldn’t help but think, “Oh man, this is tough.” I was then reminded of when I had my simple brick phone and life seemed simpler. Sigh. Thanks for the insight, I may have to try the Facebook deactivation, it seems quite liberating. 🙂

    1. Hi Rob!
      Thank you for reading and commenting. It is definitely more liberating and you realize how much you rely on Facebook for activity and communication.
      I’m not giving up my iPhone anytime soon though!
      -Lauren

  3. I wish I could delete my Facebook. My sorority insists on communicating via Facebook instead of email for most communication now because people weren’t checking their emails. I’m also pretty sure that most people wouldn’t care enough to seek me out via another medium…which says something about the ‘friends’ I have

  4. I wish I could delete my Facebook. My sorority insists on communicating via Facebook instead of email for most communication now because people weren’t checking their emails. I’m also pretty sure that most people wouldn’t care enough to seek me out via another medium…which says something about the ‘friends’ I have

  5. Yea, i’m deactiviated my facebook account since 3 weeks ago. I’m feeling good without facebook because it has been distracted me from study badly…

  6. Yea, i’m deactiviated my facebook account since 3 weeks ago. I’m feeling good without facebook because it has been distracted me from study badly…

  7. Hello,

    Awesome post. I deactivated facebook a hundred times and saw myself crawling back to it each time. I think it’s a waste of time, a source of procrastination and has a terrible effect on my self-esteem but i still use it everyday for long periods of time.

    Lately, i’ve been thinking of deactivating it and try for one to hold on at least a week without facebook and your post made me want to quit facebook even more. So thanks and wish me luck 😉

  8. Hello,
    Awesome post. I deactivated facebook a hundred times and saw myself crawling back to it each time. I think it’s a waste of time, a source of procrastination and has a terrible effect on my self-esteem but i still use it everyday for long periods of time.
    Lately, i’ve been thinking of deactivating it and try for one to hold on at least a week without facebook and your post made me want to quit facebook even more. So thanks and wish me luck 😉

  9. What a great post, I was looking for reasons to leave facebook and you just gave me some really good ones, the only thing that makes me think twice before I deactivate it, is that I have really good friends from all over the world, especially Japan and England, and fb is basically the only way to get in touch with them, it complicates a lot the idea of closing my account. Thanks!

  10. What a great post, I was looking for reasons to leave facebook and you just gave me some really good ones, the only thing that makes me think twice before I deactivate it, is that I have really good friends from all over the world, especially Japan and England, and fb is basically the only way to get in touch with them, it complicates a lot the idea of closing my account. Thanks!

  11. I just dd this today and it’s incredibly liberating for some reason. I was having issues with not being able to see some good friends accounts. It was as if I was restricted when I wasn’t. There were too many issues with the site, so I left. I didn’t want to be overly drastic and delete it permanently, but I just didn’t want anyone to contact me or vice-versa for the forseeable future. 😉

  12. I just dd this today and it’s incredibly liberating for some reason. I was having issues with not being able to see some good friends accounts. It was as if I was restricted when I wasn’t. There were too many issues with the site, so I left. I didn’t want to be overly drastic and delete it permanently, but I just didn’t want anyone to contact me or vice-versa for the forseeable future. 😉

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