I quit Facebook just shy of 5 years ago. It wasn’t that big of a deal. I still exist. The people that matter to me, and that I matter to, know I still exist. My life is better off for it.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts and podcasts with instructions on how to quit Facebook. How you can narrate an hour long podcast on something so simple is beyond me.
Here’s how I did it – deactivate Facebook and don’t look back. Yes, I know, Facebook makes it extremely easy to look back. I’m sure it’s changed from 5 years ago, but they used to e-mail me at regular intervals inviting me to re-activate my account. Ignore them. Archive them without reading. Create a rule and send them straight to your trash. Decide that once you deactivate Facebook, you are done for good. The pull of Facebook weakens rapidly with passing time, and now, you couldn’t even pay me to sign back up.
I was never one to share much on Facebook, anyway. I prefer to share details of my life only with people that I keep in touch with on a regular basis. So out of about 300 Facebook friends, this was is about 10 people. I’d rather have 10 real friends than 300 Facebook friends.
I hear other people complain about Facebook. When I suggest they quit, there is always some excuse. “I’d miss out on family updates!” “It’s the only way I can stay in touch with people!” Simply not true. If you care enough about a person, there are plenty of other ways to keep in touch. Ways that are much more meaningful than clicking “Like” on a Facebook status update. Important news still manages to make it’s way to me. I don’t feel as if I’m missing out on anything, other than Beachbody Coaching advertisements, POLITICAL RANTS, stories of how Plexus probiotics helped someone overcome a mental illness, and how ItWorks Wraps can work for me, too. It’s been said a million times before, but Facebook is the highlight reel of people’s lives. Competition is the thief of joy, and I’m not going to subject myself to hours of scrolling through everyone else’s highlight reels.
So no, you don’t need multiple podcasts, blog posts, webinars, and how-to’s on how to quit Facebook. Just deactivate and don’t look back. Your life will be more meaningful for it.