2008 was the year I created a Facebook account and I have been scrolling everyday since. Until, two months ago I decided to deactivate my account.
I became to realise that the first thing I would do every morning and the last thing I would do late at night, would be to scroll through Facebook on my phone. My partner would do the same. It got to the point where we would instantly grab our phones the second we woke up, and Facebook would be one of the first apps we would look at. And how bad is that! Modern living at its worse. Not to mention how bad it is for productivity levels. I’m sure reading a book before bed would be much more stimulating for the mind as appose to reading people complaining about how tough their lives are.
But why do we feel the urge to look? What is it we thought we had missed overnight? An uninspiring status from someone we hadn’t seen in years? A funny video making its way to everyone’s newsfeed? What is it that we were hoping to see?
When I look back around 8 years ago, my Facebook friends list used to be forever growing. People that I hadn’t even met would be added to my list of ‘friends’. I would accept anyone that wanted to befriend me. At one point I had over 1,000 friends. When I was around 16, I decided to delete everyone that I didn’t know on my friends list. This got the list down to around 400 people. Then, every year I would delete people that I knew I would never talk to or see again. Sure, Facebook is good for staying in-touch with friends that don’t live next door to you, but what happens when you have a list of friends that you KNOW you will never talk to again? What’s the point? All we do is still see what’s going on in their lives, we read their statuses, we look at their pictures. But do we really know what’s going on if we are no longer in their lives?
I’m 100% guilty of trying to make my Facebook profile look like I have my shit together. When really, it’s the complete opposite. For the first time in my life, I have realised that I don’t need to prove anything to people. I can live my life without trying to shape it into one that looks good online. I have felt nothing but content since I deleted it.
I opted for the deactivate button over permanent deletion, mainly because I have 1000’s of travel photo’s on Facebook – which in the future I know I’ll want to access. Facebook does give you the option to download all your photo’s as a file, butI’m simply too lazy for this.
Here’s 5 reasons why YOU should delete Facebook!
Facebook makes you deal with people that no longer serve you
How many times have you deleted someone that you no longer wish to keep in-touch with, only for it to be super awkward when you bump into them? How many people on your friends list can you call ‘real’ friends?
Facebook is damaging for relationships
I’m sure we have all experienced this one, the arguments on Facebook between friends and boyfriends/girlfriends, the misinterpretations, the disappointment and the jealousy of our partners ‘liking’ someone’s selfie.
Facebook makes you deal with useless information, day in day out
As mentioned above, why do we need to feed our brains with such useless information? And most importantly, why do we feel like we need to?
Facebook kills productivity
While we could of been doing something productive, we were scrolling through Facebook.
Facebook can make you feel like a failure
While you are stuck at your desk in your 9-5 job, Facebook reminds you that your friends are having the time of their lives, feeling the tropical breeze across their face and exploring foreign land. Facebook makes you feel like you have to post amazing things and often, because if you’re not at that posh restaurant and you’re not on the plane to Miami, are you really living?
Facebook ruins communication
While Facebook can increase communication online, it decreases our social life. While we are too busy typing to our long lost friends, we could be meeting them in person.
Deleting Facebook has made me realise who my REAL friends are, has made me concentrate on more useful things and has increased my productivity level.
Have you deleted Facebook? What are your thoughts/experiences? Let me know in the comment box below!
A 23 year old from the Midlands, always looking to escape her hometown for an adventure.