How many times do you check Facebook feed in a day? Are you constantly waiting for friends you barely even know to “like” one of your posts? When the social media juggernaut launched 10 years ago, it was a novel idea that promised to reconnect you with long lost friends and family members. It even showed you the degree of how well you knew each other because of all the other friends you had in common. Today, Facebook has become the antithesis of itself. It has morphed into an ad-riddled, creep show/reality TV-show hybrid starring you, your family and your friends. It’s a narcissist’s dream come true, a place where voyeurism is OK and kind of makes you feel less than special after spending a few minutes slogging through your feed. Here are the top reasons why you should Quit Facebook for good.
Why does the site pester you about your religion, where you studied college and what your occupation is? Consider the fact that almost everything you share on Facebook can be seen by other people, you should be concerned how deep your personal rabbit hole is. Your close friends and family is listed on the site. Photos of you and your kids. What you did when you were 18. Where you went for summer. Where you are now (if you check in). Why would you want other people to know about all this, some of them not even in your inner circle? Facebook makes it easy for cyber criminals to either scam you or your loved ones if you’re not careful. They practically know every move you make, and that is disconcerting.
The casual Facebook user is online an average of 17 minutes a day. What more the really heavy users who can’t live without checking their feed every 5 minutes? You can take your precious time back by quitting Facebook. Use the time you gained back by doing more meaningful things, like calling someone close to you or spending it with your loved ones. Instead of liking what your mother posts, call her or pay her a visit.
Facebook is the bane of businesses all over the world. Losses in productivity because of site use in the workplace is staggering. If you get caught checking your feed at work, you can get canned. If you post something that’s inappropriate and damaging to the company you represent, you can get fired. Post a status update that’s insensitive and upsetting? You might get suspended. Many employees have felt the wrath of their employers because of Facebook.
If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, Facebook can make or break you. While it’s good to have an online presence on the site to attract customers, you’d have to pay to be seen on some of your friends feeds. Advertising costs money that you may not have yet or can’t afford. Plus, checking your own personal feed is time consuming and can distract you from other important things.
There’s a new illness called FOMO syndrome that’s directly attributed to Facebook. FOMO stands for “fear of missing out” and if you’ve been an avid user for some time, you know how this game goes. Humans have this ridiculous tendency or hunger to be in the know and feel a sort of connection to others. Many feel that Facebook fulfills this need, but the reality is, you don’t really need it. Do you really need 1,200 friends to feel good about yourself? How many can you call to help you move a fridge at a moment’s notice?
There’s nothing like community, right? The problem is, Facebook connections are shallow and the community is a farce. If you want a real community, go to Reddit or other sites that champion what you do or like. If you’re runner, join a forum on running and make deeper connections there. Or, if you’re a software tester, look for a site where like minded code breakers talk about testing related topics . The truth hurts, and the truth is there are so many other social media platforms that are way better for you both as a professional, and as a person. You just won’t find it on Facebook.
What ever happened to the little college project that had good intentions? Why has it become the social platform of choice for shallow narcissists who post everything good and shiny to feel good about themselves? You can blame it on society’s pressure to conform or you can blame it on billions of dollars of revenue made off user information. Or, just the desire to be liked.
It’s like high school all over again, but this time, you have a choice. You can quit, and still come out ahead in life.