Goodbye Facebook! I Finally Did It
Today is a banner day for me. After ten years, I’ve finally gotten rid of that big monkey on my back that is Facebook.
I finally got rid of Facebook. It’s mostly symbolic because they won’t let you outright delete your account. They think they know better and force you to keep it in limbo for a month before it’s finally gone. But, after today, I won’t be logging in to the platform.
This decision has been a long time coming. After the latest hack and the loss of more of my personal information, I knew it was time to pull the plug.
Not an Easy Decision
I’ve got a whole lot of myself invested in Facebook.
It’s how I keep track of my parents and grown children as I live in the Philippines. It’s nice to see their updates — even though they are few and far between. I also have quite a lot of contacts that, up until today, I only interacted with through the platform.
It’s been a long day trying to make this happen. I had years of pictures saved there, but I downloaded my data file, and now I have them all on a removable drive. I’m in the process of getting all the email addresses of the contacts who I may want to, you know, contact at some time in the future.
I deleted three business pages. One of the excuses I had for keeping Facebook was these pages. But, I’ve been tracking it, and I get very little engagement from my fans, so it is no longer a reason to keep hanging on. I no longer run ads, so another excuse has been removed from my plate.
I see many of you who write on Medium, all writers and entrepreneurs like me, who are living without it and I know I can do it too. It is no longer necessary to have a Facebook presence in 2018.
Facebook has ruined the fun that it once held for me. I spend much more time on Instagram (and yes, I know its part of Facebook, but I’m taking one step at a time), and the only time I go to the old stomping grounds is when I’m notified of something, and I check it out of habit. It’s not enough to blackmail me into keeping it.
I know the issues with my privacy that I’m complaining about exist in other places like Google, but it’s taken years for my information to be put out there, and it will take many more to get it back.
I had 95 friends and I only interacted with a handful of them. The others are either family who doesn’t care or are people who I would only talk to once a year at most. Much better to have their email address.
The thing about Facebook is that it somehow took the place of actually talking because it was so easy to like a status and think that you’ve fulfilled your obligation. Now, if I want someone to know I care, I have to send them an email! I must have a conversation! No more bullshit.
If we were meant to stay in contact, it will happen. If not, it’s less baggage I need to worry over.
Call it a Detox
I get very upset by all the hateful people and the garbage news. I did try to unfollow everyone and unlike everything that was causing me to be upset, but there was still plenty left over after the purge. People will be hateful for the tiniest reasons, and I am more than tired of it.
Getting rid of Facebook, after some initial withdrawals I will deal with, is the best thing for me. It’s less stress, one more thing I don’t have to maintain, no more notifications to chase, and one more place I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not.
I am glad to be joining the crowd who is exiting the rotten carcass that is Facebook.
Twitter is Next
I haven’t been on my Twitter accounts in a month, and it’s time for them to go as well. Twitter is just too much of an evil circus, maybe even more so than Facebook.
I deleted four old accounts a few months ago, and I think it is time to get rid of the last few.
Maybe one day I will be free of social media altogether, but I have a feeling that it may be a part of all our lives whether we like it or not.
It remains to be seen.