I deleted my Facebook account on November 14th, 2017. I don’t miss it. I no longer feel drawn to check on a feed, and I no longer feel an urge to share things on a whim.
In short, Facebook isn’t the place for me. However, you can find tons of pessimistic views online for… just about everything. Here are some positive ones!
It was Me, not Facebook.
I must own my actions. I used Facebook to attempt to connect with others (which it fails to enable, in epic proportions). I shared things I shouldn’t have. I believed it was something useful.
Feeling a false sense of connection…
I believed Facebook would connect me with people. However, I had the ability to connect with others before Facebook existed. I can talk with people in person, and if we’re friends, we have something in common that we can connect with anyway.
It was a nice distraction, for awhile.
Sometimes, Facebook was a good distraction from work. Get home from work and want to talk to people other than people I’ve spent the last eight hours with. This was a nice distraction, until I realized I had put off things when I got home… on the weekends… and generally any time I had access to the internet.
So, bye-bye, distraction!
Restoring a sense of mystery.
One great benefit since deleting my Facebook account, and not using any social media to communicate with friends, is that people are actually curious about my life. Maybe it’s because they don’t have direct access to all the details of recent things in my life. I actually have a desire to ask them questions, too.
Thanks to not focusing on some feed of status updates, photos, and videos — which conjures up pictures of being a pig in a machine destined for slaughter — I can focus on being productive. In the year since I deleted my Facebook account, I learned many new skills and read many more books: finance, Node.js, business principles, and even much more about myself.
In short, by disconnecting myself from Facebook, and using social media as a means to communicate with others, I have actually connected more with people who want to connect with me, and have even connected more with myself.
Also, my information isn’t available for sale now, so there’s that. Now the only ads I see online are based on products I actually look at, not things that people think I may want to see (like women’s hygiene products).