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Quitting Facebook

Quitting Facebook
Every now and then we all might get the feeling we should probably just delete our Facebook account and move on with more important things that happen in our lives.

Facebook has grown to 2 billion users worldwide, it is clearly the largest social network in history and chances are it will remain this way for a long time in the future.

Personally, I don't think and another company has the power and the money to be of any danger to Facebook, it kind of has a total monopoly at the moment, buying more and more startups every month ensuring no one gets strong enough to challenge them. And once you have a company setting a monopoly, you'll have shady things happen around that and within that specific company.

There is also a psychological point of view we need to consider, we don't know yet the full extent social networks will have on the way people think and act. We can already notice some clear signs of improper human behavior in the younger generations that basically grow up with Facebook and on Facebook.

So, lets enumerated the pros and cons of quitting Facebook once a for all.

Pros
  • Facebook as become too complex and a way to messy and essentially stopped being an effective communication tool. At its core, Facebook as a way for people to connect with one-another online but over time evolved into the messy feed of different information, we have today.
When Facebook got its second feed just to keep things a little more organized it was pretty clear to me that Facebook has become a cluster of complex settings and various information all stuck together into a gigantic network of content.
  • It stopped offering me anything of essence for years now. Really, think about it for a few minutes, what does Facebook really offer? The ability to "stalk" some long forgotten high school colleagues that you haven't really spoken directly with them in years? Same for friends that life left behind ages ago and it's not just you stalking them, it's them stalking you! Some of them will make you feel uncomfortable with certain posts and public views, or maybe even direct comments on your posts and photos. Why would you give such a high level of access into your personal life to people that don't really mean much to you anymore?
  • I figured out I don't need to keep my Facebook for close friends and family members, I already stay in contact with them and frankely, never on Facebook!

Cons
  • You may miss some important professional connections and business opportunities if you don't have a Facebook account, no matter what your field of expertise actually is. Sure we have LinkedIn now for this sort of things, but overall no everybody is familiar with LinkedIn yet and most people still prefer Facebook over anything else.
  • If you are single or looking to increase relationships and friendships, Facebook might be a good tool to meet and interact with new people. You can still meet people the old fashion ways or use other online tools, but Facebook in essence if the base social network for everyone.
    • You may become an outcast, especially if your profession involved in any way the online industry. I work in a digital agency, not having a Facebook account in this field makes me an outcast instantly. You will always get asked the same question over and over: "Why aren't you on Facebook, how can you live without Facebook?"

Supporters

idealmikey

Quit Facebook! Best thing ever!

Quite Facebook! It will be the best thing you ever do! I stopped using social media sites a while back. I was spending wayy to much time on them. But the thing is, I wasn't actually even really doing anything. Just liking peoples updates, talking to people from their posts and in messenger and that. But not really actually achieving anything. It was only when I deactivated my personal Facebook account I started to realize just how much time Facebook sucked out of my life. And you know what? I found out I could live my life without seeing what people had for breakfast or what people thought of some celebrity. I started to appreciate and enjoy REAL life much more than the life that Facebook could offer me! These days I use Facebook again but only as a freelancer and not so much as a personal user. Honestly, I recommend you just to try it for a few weeks. You'll soon start to realise and remember what life used to be like before you started to have the life sucked out of you from Facebook! :)
Posted by idealmikey on 05-19-2017
eva.ling

Ideally, sure...

I would like to do this. I so would. Hence, I am taking the first step by voting here.

However... I very much doubt I would put it into practice.

You still have my vote on the quit Facebook part, though. :D

Posted by eva.ling on 05-25-2017

89%

Staying on Facebook

Staying on Facebook
Facebook has become a big part of modern living and human interaction. It has grown and transforms over the years, and although it has a lot of setbacks and people experience multiple problems with this service, it continues to big the biggest social network people use online to interact with one another.

Some people may even go as far as saying that if you don't have a Facebook, you don't really exist in the modern world.

In my opinion, there are plenty of benefits of having a Facebook. It can really help some people and over time it might even help me to gain some new friends as well as some new business connections.

Facebook it is also a source of information, some people don't really need to leave the platform since it offers everything they need in terms of information and news as well as the feature of having personalized feeds, meaning you will only see things you like and agree with, stuff that bothers you or you may not be interested about will in most cases no be shown to you.

Let's state some of the main pros and cons of having a Facebook account.

Pros
  • You can stay in contact with EVERYONE. Maybe not direct contact but if you stalk them enough you will always get information on your feed regarding their activity and whatever the choose to share on Facebook with the world.
Past colleagues from all mediums, old friends, and even distant relatives, you can stay in touch with all of them in one single huge social network.
  • You can interact with your favorite brand and stay updated regarding their new products and news. Facebook can be a great source of information, especially when it comes to brands, just like them on Facebook and you start receiving new content.
  • You can broaden your real-life relationships by starting interacting with those specific persons on Facebook. How many of us hasn't first started to talk with a future partner on Facebook? Chances are most young people are doing it as I write this. Besides love, you can also connect with people on a professional level on Facebook.

Cons
  • Recent Facebook updates can distort reality for people. When you have personalized feeds, feeding users only the kind of information the like to see, you'll get people that live inside their own bubble, their personal view of the world, this especially applies to religion and political views which make everything very dangerous.
Google for example, in the most part, feeds you only the most relevant information on its search engine services, whether you like it or not, it doesn't really care much, it will show you information that you may don't agree with or maybe info that you haven't got a clue about. Facebook will keep you in the dark about what is really happening and how people are thinking outside your own personal` bubble.
  • Facebook can make you sad, this is a proven fact and Facebook itself made tests into this subject, they really wanted to see if they can change the feed algorithm enough to make the users sad, and guess what, they succeeded.
  • Why would you want to see every detail of the life your former ex-partner has? We all know that people post only the nice aspects of their lives on Facebook, never the bad stuff, rarely the problems, only the nice looking parts with big smiles and clean wonderful backgrounds. In my opinion, this makes the whole Facebook experience a big lie!
  • You will no miss out on anything important. I've deleted my Facebook account for a few months just to see if I can live without Facebook. Guess what? I didn't miss anything of importance!

Supporters

littlewitch66

Most of the time I like it

There was a time when I deactivated my account because I had fallen out with family members and didn't want to see what they were writing.

This is a really good feature because when you are ready you can just bring it back again with all your friends in tact. A lot of rubbish is put up there but it's a great way of keeping in touch with family and friends that you don't see all the time.

Posted by littlewitch66 on 05-20-2017
TheArticulate

Keeping in touch is important

I have family who live overseas in Japan and family in other states, so Facebook is a great way for me to keep up with what they're doing. It literally makes the world a smaller place, making it easier to communicate with people.

I don't use Facebook to update my status or or share random stuff particularly often, but it's nice to have so I can scroll through my feed in my downtime and see what my former classmates and family are up to.

Posted by TheArticulate on 05-19-2017
DeeFree

I Must Stay

Facebook is just a way to stay in contact and does not have to be anything more than that. I realize that people get their feelings hurt all the time when someone doesn't accept their friend's request or is blocked. But, hey, that's life, move on with all the friends that haven't blocked you. I love Facebook because I can easily sign up for other sites or mobile apps and I can sell things to my friends.
Posted by DeeFree on 05-20-2017
Destiny

No Question

No Question here at all for me. Facebook is very important to me both in my personal life to keep up with family members and friends, but also in my professional life because I interact and work with colleagues through social media often. To not have it any longer would feel like something was cut out of my world.

Now that said, I have to say that I was never obsessed with it or hanging on it for long periods at a time. I do what I have to do and then leave. I don't comment a lot, and I've never played a game on there.

I basically check on family and then see if there are any work items that I need to take care of.... do it, and move onto something else. :-)

Posted by Destiny on 05-19-2017
Mehano

Great platform

I love Facebook. It's an amazing social media platform. It has helped me with keeping in touch with my childhood friends or the one's from high school and so on. It's just very easy to use, reliable and makes communication faster. I like the extra features they have like the Facebook chat/messenger.

Besides this social aspect, I also use it for business purposes and it makes my job MUCH easier.

I believe Facebook connects people that would otherwise never stay in contact. Just don't add randoms that update their status/wall every minute and you will enjoy using it.

Posted by Mehano on 05-19-2017
iamawriter

FaceBook has helped me find lost friends

I find FaceBook a great place to search and find lost friends, office colleagues and relatives When many have left the shores and settled in other countries we get to know about them when they post there. I too showcase my garden there for which I have a passion.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-21-2017
AlexHarris

Staying on Facebook

If you feel that facebook is taking up to much time you can always lay off of it a bit. Although if you decide to completely quit and delete your account you may miss quite a few things happening with your friends or community. As well as lose contact with the people who could only reach you through facebook. If you're away from home you will miss out on Family events like reunions, birthdays, childbirth, and graduations. There are probably fewer cons to staying on facebook than leaving it.
Posted by AlexHarris on 05-19-2017
kataomoi

No Need to Quit

I personally don't have a reason to quit Facebook. I'm not addicted to it and I use it moderately.

I think Facebook is a good way to connect with old friends and get updates from them. Plus Facebook messenger is incredibly useful. I use it to talk with my coworkers and it's a part of my work life.

Too much of anything is never good. As long as you don't get addicted to Facebook, it's not a problem to keep using it.

Posted by kataomoi on 05-19-2017
AWPEK

Nothing Bad about it

Facebook is still one of the top current social media used by many people around the world. I think there is no point in leaving facebook unless you are truly over the fact of using it anymore. However, you must remember that facebook is not just a social media, but also a secondary contact to talk with friends, family, and guardians. In addition, as you stay on Facebook, you might start to notice it's constant change in imagery, new features (added every year), advertisements, promotions, and more. So don't quit and stay for a little while.
Posted by AWPEK on 05-19-2017
kgord

Is OK

There is some important information that comes across FB from time to time. Yeah, I could do without the same people posting the same stuff and the same pictures all the time..but I have found enough information on Facebook that is beneficial to me that I am staying.
Posted by kgord on 05-20-2017
JeffHart

I will be stay with FB

I know FB can be annoying with all their regulation changes and now they are being very aggressive to be the next Yelp and Google, but there are many great benefits to what FB provides. I'm staying.
Posted by JeffHart on 05-20-2017
lilac123

Definitely stay

I don't use Facebook that much anymore, since every time I go on my feed is just filled with memes. However, it's still the one platform where I can connect with many of my friends from years ago and occasionally find out how they're doing. It's also a useful platform for organizing events and for finding out when events are happening and I communicate with many of my friends through Facebook messenger. Unfortunately, although there are many things I don't like about Facebook nowadays, it's still the most convenient way for me to connect with a lot of people so I would not quit anytime soon.
Posted by lilac123 on 05-21-2017
john franklin

Facebook is so beneficial

Facebook is so beneficial. It is easy to communicate with your friends and family. You can share your updates, check in and check out. Facebook is the best platform to show your selfies to other people. You can create fan pages and enjoy the video chat.

You can earn money from facebook. Facebook has recently introduced their monetization program for your uploaded and live videos. You can share you content and blog links to gain traffic.

I am a big fan of facebook and i will stay on it forever.

Posted by john franklin on 05-24-2017
Rutpan

Cannot Ditch My Followers

I as a Tech Blogger cannot even of think of Quiting social media or Facebook because my followers range is good and they really like my work and its always being talked the most. To leave Facebook is to leave everything and even my passion in Technology field and personal interest to share it among my Blog. For bloggers like us it is the best way and proven way to drive social media traffic. Feeds and wall post all depends on us where in we have complete access to what we want to see and what we want to share. In regards to privacy I believe Facebook has taken necessary steps for the users and users has the control what to display on profile. Lastly would like to say for small groups who follow illegal methods to fool people, we should not blame Facebook for that.
Posted by Rutpan on 05-20-2017
EarlAlexander

Staying, a wise choice

Staying on Facebook is the best thing to do because Facebook has in one way or the other promote life in the world, it has increase interaction and communication among countries in 21 century and more to come. Facebook has increased business transaction among people and promote online businesses around the world, with many more features in pack like messengers, quick Facebook and other new improved aspect for all Facebook members. Abandoning Facebook now would be like someone going into isolation and lost of connection among people. Facebook has broken the barrier among countries and made it easy to make new friends. I strongly support staying on Facebook as the right and best idea. Thanx
Posted by EarlAlexander on 05-20-2017
jennykoi

Staying to keep in touch with people :)

I work overseas and most of my family members are back in my home country. I also have lots of friends who are working in other countries. Facebook helps me connect with them in the easiest and cheapest way possible. Let's be honest, so many people use Facebook. There are about 1.94 billion active users in the first quarter of 2017. It just goes to show somehow, some way you have an opportunity to connect with family, friends, colleagues, classmates, or even distant relatives. I was able to find my fourth grade classmate, who I have not spoken to in literally forever, on Facebook. She's now happily married with 2 kids, a career in engineering and is now residing in the US. I'm not saying that it was impossible to get in touch with her. But Facebook definitely made it easier. :)
Posted by jennykoi on 05-20-2017
cmoneyspinner

Facebook's Positives Far Outweigh the Negatives

First of all, Facebook is free. When you have family or friends and you are miles apart, it used to be you had to write letters on talk on the phone. Long distance charges for phone calls were very expensive. Letters took a long time to reach the person. Facebook changed all of that. Not only can you share text, you can share photos and even videos. Not to mention the owner of the company is a social entrepreneur and tries to give back to the world through many acts of charity. Facebook's positives far outweigh the negatives.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-08-2017

Comments

kamar19
This one is too close to vote on, but personally I would lean more towards staying on Facebook, because Facebook is one of the best ways to promote your business. Now I'm not against closing my personal account, then again I can't get to my dedicated pages if I close my personal account, but I do feel as those a break from Facebook is a good thing, at least from those meaningless post, for business I Love Facebook, but I'm not so much a fan of the personal side of FB that becomes public.
Posted by kamar19 on 05-19-2017
Corzhens
Facebook is my main connection with my relatives and friends whether they are here or abroad. When I post my selfie, they would see that I am okay and when they click the like button, I would know that they had seen my post. Sometimes I have no time and I am away from Facebook for a week. My circle would be inquiring about me. Truly Facebook is good for connecting to people.
Posted by Corzhens on 05-20-2017
Zyni
I have to straddle the fence on this one. I don't really like FB very much, but the thing I do like about it is being able to find/stay in touch with old friends and distant family and loved ones. There are people I've found on there that I would have lost track of otherwise.

I still don't like how invasive it is. Even if I"m careful about what I post, other people post stuff that's too personal, which sometimes includes me. I don't like how they use our info so freely either. I've seen things about myself online that I know could have only come from Facebook, including mentions of other people in my life, who aren't even on there.

If not for staying in touch with people all over, I would quit. In fact, I would have never started an account.
Posted by Zyni on 05-22-2017