Fellow readers, you might not realize it, you might think it’s a myth and you might convince yourself that it’s only a result of exaggeration, yet it’s true: Facebook changes your life in ways you will never realize until you decide to take that step and leave. It could be good or bad.
It had been almost 2 weeks since I deactivated my account, and day by day, I came to realize how much my life had changed since I had set up my account 2008. The truth is, I’ve wanted to de activate the account on several occasions, however, I kept making excuses like: “I need it for work”or “I need it to keep up with friends”. (By the way, I am back now!)
But I finally did it, and so I would like to share with you the 10 ways in which leaving Facebook have changed my life, maybe you would be inspired to leave as well, or maybe you would reconsider your Facebook use!
1. Rediscovering My “Real” Friends:
You know that pinching ache you get in your stomach when you miss a friend? When you wonder how he/she is? What they are doing? Well, if you think Facebook is the cure, you are mistaken! Since I deactivated my account, I realized that real friends don’t need reminders that you exist in order to remember you; they will contact you by phone or email and ask about you whether you have a Facebook account or not.
2. Focusing More on Work and the Hustle:
Although I did use Facebook for work . Actually, I realized that Facebook does distract me from work more often that not!
3. Having A Clearer Mind:
Without the continuous comments and reactions to everything you do or say on Facebook, you can actually think better. Moreover, when you spend more time focusing on your life rather than other people’s business, you have more time for you. Its rather a painful pill to swallow.
4. Spending More Time with People:
Facebook has the power of fooling you into thinking that you are spending time with your friends and family through the occasional poke, message, tag or photo share- and some people really annoy me with their useless tags on photos. In reality, though, Facebook can lead to the death of interaction. When I left Facebook, I started having more meaningful talks with people and I could choose whom to tell about what, when I want.
5. Pissing off Less People:
It might sound weird but yes, my favorite part of leaving Facebook is that now I pissed off less people. You know why? Because if I decided to update my controversial status, I’d step on someone’s “cornz”.
6. Dealing with Less Privacy Concerns:
Although I know my information is there(well it used to be until the sudden emergence of the Dennises) and that Facebook can use it, I feel so much better about sharing less with the world and regaining some of my privacy!
7. Waiting Time is Reduced:
When you want something from someone on Facebook, you have to wait until they check their Facebook account to get it. (Well, the new Instant Facebook Apps has adressed this issue). I hate waiting! So now, when I do need something from someone, I use the phone or the email; less waiting time and more effective communication!
8. Remembering Things on My Own:
Since I signed up with Facebook, my memory has been really bad; I got to a point where I could not remember my best friend’s birthday! That’s even better. Imagine forgetting your partner’s birthday.
9. Receiving Less Criticism:
Although some criticism is constructive, most of it can be very destructive. Without facebook, I just get criticism and advice from those whom I seek and trust. It makes my life simpler. I try hard not to pour my heart out to the status message space. It just makes me a lil vulnerable.
10. Having More Time to Discover:
There are many things to discover on the web, and Facebook takes away from your time to do so. try de activating your account for a few days and see how many new things you will discover and how many sites you might stumble upon.
Yes, Facebook has its ups but careless use of might put you in difficult and vulnerable situations.
What’s your take on the issue?
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