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Facebook is a powerful tool for people who want to post pictures, share opinions, run a business, or keep up with friends and family. I used to spend hours on Facebook, to the point where it was hurting my productivity and wasting my time. After the election, I cut way back on my Facebook use, only checking it once every two weeks. About six months ago, I got rid of it completely. Here are four reasons why I gave up Facebook, and why I’m never going back.
I didn’t delete Facebook for any sort of moral-high-ground reasons. It had nothing to do with the Cambridge Analytica scandal or the fact that Facebook may have given my data to other companies. I’d love to say it was, but really, I just got tired of wasting my time on the platform. I’ve been weaning myself off Facebook since November 2016 (right after the election), and I’ve been completely off for about six months.
Here are four reasons I deleted Facebook, and why I’m not going back.
1. Wedding and engagement posts sashamolly/Shutterstock
First, it was the endless stream of engagement and wedding posts. I am living life on my own timeline, and I always think of myself as someone who doesn’t get bogged down by keeping up with the social media Joneses.
But after the 70th engagement ring pic in four days, all that “I don’t care what other people are doing” really goes out the window, along with my level head and a couple ounces of self-esteem.
2. The 2016 election AP Photo/John Locher
After the barrage of wedding posts, it was the presidential election. Donald Trump’s victory was the catalyst for plenty of people to reduce Facebook use, NPR reports, and for good reason. Millions of people were upset, and it seemed like they all turned to their favorite easy-access megaphone: Facebook.
It’s exhausting to read the same opinions over and over, and still feel helpless about the state of our country. Sometimes I would come across well-articulated opinions that I agreed with on Facebook, voicing concerns and supplying action items. But those almost always got lost in the sea of shouted statuses and rambling blame-game posts.
3. It was wasting my time Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The last straw was my time sailing by as I got pulled by the latest Betsy DeVos scandal or the engagement of someone I went to middle school with. It just seemed like such a trivial thing to let take up my time.
I already read the news. I’ve already seen the Betsy DeVos commentary — did I need to read 18 more half-baked opinions on Facebook? And while maybe I wouldn’t hear about my middle school friend expecting a baby without Facebook, did I really need that information? Do I need to keep up with lives of people I haven’t spoken to in years?
Looking at it from a cost-benefit perspective, Facebook was costing me a lot of time with virtually no benefit.
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