With daily headlines about the scandalous data mining that has been going on by big companies who are eager to find the best way to manipulate us, it has made us here at ILNI want to push pause on our Facebook use and consider a life without this social platform in it. The more we discussed this move the more reasons we came up with for pushing the big delete. Here are our top 5 ways your life might actually improve without Facebook.
Keeping in touch with your friends after disengaging from Facebook requires a little more effort. But, this is not a bad thing at all. It means personally engaging with your friends in more meaningful ways; like ringing them, emailing them or even dropping in on them for a coffee. Instead of just mindlessly scrolling through the photographic highlights of our friend’s lives and liking or commenting randomly, you might find you become more social in real life. You may also be surprised how happy people are to actually hear your voice.
On the flip side, friends will also have to reach out and contact you directly if you are no longer active on Facebook. Get used to hearing from friends when they want to invite you to an event, rather than just getting a Facebook invite. Don’t worry, people will be able to find you and you are still easy to contact, after all, you have only given up Facebook, not technology altogether.
Be better informed
One of the main reasons we have embarked on this detox from Facebook was the large amount of fake news, questionable content and intentionally misleading information that was cluttering up our Facebook news feeds. We don’t need to get our news from Facebook thank you very much. There are many trustworthy news sites out there for staying informed where one is not constantly weeding out spam. And besides, we don’t want to be beholden to only seeing content that Facebook decides is worthy based on algorithms of what we might like. We want to be informed, challenged and inspired by real news and information.
Have more time
It is amazing how much time we can waste scrolling mindlessly through our news feed. According to Mark Zuckerburg, the average Facebook user spends 50 minutes a day on Facebook. Almost an hour! Everyday! It is more time than people spend on any other leisure activity. Most users even check Facebook before getting out of bed in the morning. We all have a long list of things we could do with an extra hour in my day. Grabbing back your Facebook hour would give you time to exercise, read a book, catch up with a friend in person, join a class or get an extra hours sleep. Without even mentioning how our work productivity might improve!
Regain Some of Your Privacy
Ok, we all use the Internet and apps and smartphones for everything these days, so much of our personal data is no longer as private as we would like to think. But the team at Facebook have taken this to a new level by packaging our data and putting it up for sale. The moment of truth came when scrolling through the Facebook download of data that has been stored about our lives and friends over the last 10 years as members of this social network. Pages of data had been collected and turned into a product for sale by Facebook. Cambridge Analytica didn’t get our information through a security breach; it was bought in a basic business transaction. Did we really sign up for to be products?
Enjoy the Moments
One of the nicest disconnecting benefits is the ability to attend a concert or experience a life event without the worry of having to take Facebook-worthy photos to upload immediately. There is no pressure to check in to see who has liked our photos or what comments have been made. We can just experience and enjoy the moment with the people who are right there sharing it with us in real life.
The biggest hurdle to giving up Facebook for many is the fear of missing out. This is what Facebook is built around, and why we feel the need to constantly check our Facebook feeds. But given the time and data we are giving freely to this company, it might be time to overcome this irrational fear and push pause on Facebook. There are a couple of ways to do this. First is to delete your account altogether. This link leads you directly to the page to do this https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account. Facebook will require you to jump a few security hoops and wait 90 days, but eventually, they set you free.
If you are not ready to push delete yet, you can always deactivate your account in a few simple clicks. At the least, I challenge you to try a reduced diet of Facebook interaction and see if it suits you. Find out how many ways your life might actually improve without Facebook.