Everyone wants to quit Facebook at some point. If you find yourself checking your Facebook (FB) profile too many times a day and feel like it’s taking too much of your time, read on. I joined Facebook back in 2010 when it seemed like everyone was on the website. It was the best place in my eyes for keeping up with friends, family, and others we normally didn’t see everyday. I would also post frequently and update my profile, as well as add new pictures and update my status.
Then, I began to notice things about what other people were posting as well as my own posts. Other people’s posts were starting to cause me to look at my own life and question my decisions. I started to compare myself to others around me. Something that started out as a fun place for me, became not so fun. I decided Facebook wasn’t the right place for me.
In the past three years, I decided to quit Facebook. Now, though I still have my profile up, I have not updated my profile pic or posted anything new in years. Nor have I interacted with other posts. I don’t miss it either! How did I get to this point? Read on to quit Facebook for good.
Quit Facebook by Deleting the Facebook App
If you have the Facebook app on your phone. The first thing you should do is delete it. It will be a lot easier to quit Facebook, if you cut off some of the ways you would visit the site in the first place. Delete the app completely from your phone and any other device you own that has the app on it. Making more of a chore to visit the website, will stop some of the enthusiasm you feel about checking the website.
Quit Facebook by Slowly Breaking the Habit
Now that you don’t have the app on your devices, you can start to slowly stop going on Facebook. Stopping anything completely is difficult. The best approach is to start slow. Start logging in a half as many times as you used to. If you logged in 10 times a day before, cut it down to five times. Also, try to cut down how long you are logged in by half. Spend 5 minutes each session instead of 10 minutes. Sometimes you will slip up and check one too many times, but try to develop a habit of checking FB less and less. In about two weeks you should begin to notice yourself checking FB less and less.
Quit Facebook by Using Other Ways to Communicate
If you notice, you only really talk to a few of your FB friends. Most are just there for you to exchange likes with. Is it necessary for you to check it over and over? No. Use another communications app like WhatsApp and communicate with your friends and family on there. Share posts and links as your status on Whatsapp. Email your friends or give them a phone call. They will be happy to hear from you.
Benefits of Quitting Facebook
More time for yourself!! You will have time to focus on you and what you enjoy without worrying what others think! You will not need the validation of friends and family. You will have more time to focus on more important things like your job, your family, and your hobbies. Everyone will wonder what you’re doing and when you see them again, they will be very curious about your life.
Job recruiters are checking the FB profiles of people who are applying for positions everyday. Do you really want them to know everything about you? No profile = no extra information for recruiters! No preconceived notions or judgements. Aside from not knowing every minor detail of your friends and family’s lives, you won’t be missing much. Go ahead and pull the plug!
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