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10 Ways Leaving Facebook Changed My Life

You might not realize it, you might think it’s a myth and you might convince yourself that it’s only a result of exaggeration, yet it’s true: Facebook changes your life in ways you will never realize until you decide to take that step and leave!

It had been almost 2 weeks since I deactivated my account, and day by day, I came to realize how much my life had changed since I had set up my account many years ago! The truth is, I’ve wanted to deactivate the account on several occasions, however, I kept making excuses like: “I need it for work”or “I need it to keep up with friends”. (By the way, I am back now!)

Bye Bye Facebook!

Bye Bye Facebook!

But I finally did it, and so I would like to share with you the 10 ways in which leaving Facebook have changed my life, maybe you would be inspired to leave as well, or maybe you would reconsider your Facebook use!

1. Rediscovering My “Real” Friends:

You know that pinching ache you get in your stomach when you miss a friend? When you wonder how he/she is? What they are doing? Well, if you think Facebook is the cure, you are mistaken! Since I deactivated my account, I realized that real friends don’t need reminders that you exist in order to remember you; they will contact you by phone or e0mail and ask about you whether you have a Facebook account or not.

2. Focusing More on Work:

Although I did use Facebook for work, I have already written and posted around 5 Facebook related posts since I deactivated my account and it did not effect their popularity on social media or Facebook at all. Actually, I realized that Facebook used to distract me from work more often that not!

3. Having A Clearer Mind:

Without the continuous comments and reactions to everything you do or say on Facebook, you can actually think better. Moreover, when you spend more time focusing on your life rather than other people’s business, you have more time for you!

4. Spending More Time with People:

Facebook has the power of fooling you into thinking that you are spending time with your friends and family through the occasional poke, message, tag or photo share. In reality, though, Facebook can lead to the death of interaction. When I left Facebook, I started having more meaningful talks with people and I now can choose whom to tell about what, when I want.

5. Pissing off Less People:

It might sound weird but yes, my favorite part of leaving Facebook is that now I piss off less people. You know why? Because if I decided to put a group of people on my limited profile, they will take it personal and get pissed off. If I don’t want to be tagged in a photo, someone will complain ad if I wrote my opinion about something, someone will get offended!6. Dealing with Less Privacy Concerns:

Although I know my information is still there and that Facebook can use it, I feel so much better about sharing less with the world and regaining some of my lost privacy!

7. Waiting Time is Reduced:

When you want something from someone on Facebook, you have to wait until they check their Facebook account to get it. I hate waiting! So now, when I do need something from someone, I use the phone or the email; less waiting time and more effective communication!

8. Remembering Things on My Own:

Since I signed up with Facebook, my memory has been really bad; I got to a point where I could not remember my best friend’s birthday! However, now I am forced to do so and I am very happy about it1

9. Receiving Less Criticism:

Although some criticism is constructive, most of it can be very destructive. Since I left Facebook, I just get criticism and advice from those whom I seek and trust. It makes life simpler!

10. Having More Time to Discover:

There are many things to discover on the web, and Facebook takes away from your time to do so. try deactivating your account for a few days and see how many new articles you will read, or how many interesting sites you might stumble upon!

Hope you found my points valuable to your own experience.

Looking forward to your comments and insights down below :)

Posted by on July 19, 2011.

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Categories: Deductions and Realizations, Tips and How To's

  • E99489160b

    I’m active on Twitter…its a great news source. I set up a FB site to help with my wife’s business. But I could never get into FB. I use Tweet Deck to double post and rarely check the site. Oh I found a few high school friends and past students…who all started trying to pitch me on some MMM scam or really didn’t want to be bothered. People move on…they have lives and after you rehash unless there is a present day connection in real time, there’s no reason to continue the effort. Plus FB treats people like product. Not a smart move. Probably reflects the owner. Your post may spur me to finally just turn the page off.

  • Robin M

    So many good points. I have been thinking of doing this for a long time.

    Appreciated all you said.

  • But how does one get in touch with you. I am from Sri Lanka and in the social media consulting. I love to meet like minded people online and discuss ideas etc.

  • Nicemax

    FaceBook bites.  I deactivated my account several weeks ago.  Face recognition software?  I may be visited by the Gestapo for the things I say on Twitter but I am ready for that.  The only good thing on FB was the fact that I had a new Maxine cartoon come in every day.

  • Jaidycncn

    almost 1 week after I left the FB..I feel very fresh..

  • Abeey Singh

    Now m tryng to do this….But Wht to do whn i hv spare time…at dat time i remembr my FB Account…. 

  • It’s all about personal discipline. Yes, I waste a lot of time on FB. But if I didn’t I’d probably waste a lot of time on Twitter or Gplus or Youtube. 

  • Apart from the content I love this “Like” Button beneath of this article … great humour :))

  • Nicolò

    I completely identify myself in your experience.

    Since I’ve deleted my account, I’ve rediscovered the delight of spending my time with my real life’s friends.

  • Jonbridges

    How very true this could apply to PLENTY OF FISH (dating site) too

  • Hughesang

    Thanks for a fun list! I have been thinking about blogging about all the benefits of leaving Facebook but have thought…”that might be a bit ironic to leave FB, only to start a blog!” I am glad you had the moxie to do so! Since leaving Facebook, I have experienced all the benefits you have listed above. The best “recovery” for me, however, is found in the fact that I have my motivation back. For some reason, while on FB, I found myself falling into a trap of complacency. Perhaps comparing my life to others, thinking “well, I guess I do more than so and so…” helped me to be less motivated in my life. I am writing again, practicing piano, playing in the garden — all of which could be done while using FB, admittedly, but for some reason, was the “marginalizer” that allowed me to accept less from myself. Thanks for sharing and I hope you are enjoying your “you” time!

  • Sharmila Naidu

    I think i can relate with what you are sayin… infact me being here at this site is one example.. Coz while i was on FB i never though of being anywhere else :P… Even I have recently de-activated my account.. and I hope it helps in all the ways you have listed.. :) Thanks!!!

  • Mehroz

    Sounds like something I want to do but I’ll end up reactivating it cuz its soo addictive :( I’m in yr 11 btw so really i should concerntrate on exams but I prefer FB

  • I think i can relate with what you are sayin… infact me being here at this site is one example.. Coz while i was on FB i never though of being anywhere else :P… Even I have recently de-activated my account.. 

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