Top Reasons to Quit Facebook
Facebook is certainly the biggest, most visited and most widely used social media platform on this planet earth, with billions of users worldwide. It might interest you to know that some ten (10) years ago, Facebook helped people mostly students to keep in touch with the other people you didn’t actually like. In fact, it peaked as the cool fresh social media site which everyone of us maximized and gave it our all.
On Facebook walls, we relished our thoughts and feelings, shared our meals and locations and our top ten movie lists, kept it up-to-date on our relationship status, political views, favorite links, and personal information — all in the name of staying connected, and all without a thought to our security. But with a decade of questions regarding how Facebook makes money now answered, and a general understanding of how sharing information online can be dangerous (while the platform constantly updates its security protocol), we continue to use it anyway, even though many of us are just checking in as ritual and have threatened our exit from Facebook for years.
Yes, we know that there are a lot of benefits in using Facebook and other social media apps….in fact, their applications are verse. However, you don’t know what you are doing to yourself, career, family and lots more. You are exposed to a whole lot of security threats, misinformation and abuses. Therefore, in this new year, before you log in or tap that app on your computer or Smartphone again, these are Good Reasons to Say Bye-Bye to Facebook in 2017.
Top 7 Reasons to Quit Facebook in 2017
- Facebook Wastes Your Precious Time
This is the truth and nothing but the truth. It’s estimated that the average casual user (17 minutes per day on Facebook) who has been active on the site for 10 years has wasted upwards of 40 entire days of their lives scrolling and liking and commenting on pictures and posts. And more engaged users, who spend at least an hour a day on the site, have clocked 150 days feeding the Facebook beast during the same time. Can you imagine how long you waste browsing on Facebook each day, and many other profitable assignments you could have put productive use of your time for.
- Facebook Uses You as a Marketing Tool …
Facebook uses you and billions of other users to sell stuff. In 2012, the site manipulated posts from 689,000 accounts without consent in an experiment that examined whether or not it could affect your emotions by making a few edits on your page. The study was done, according to Facebook, to “improve our services and to make the content people see on Facebook as relevant and engaging as possible.” Skeptics think it was really used to discover the monetary benefit of a Like. COO Sheryl Sandberg later apologized, adding that they “never meant to upset you.”.
- Facebook Targets You with Commercials
Have ever tried buying an item and then you searched for that thing, and six months later Facebook is still reminding you that you should think about buying that thing, even if you already bought the thing. Yes, most sites do this thanks to embedded cookies, but only Facebook seamlessly posts these ads in your timeline with enough regularity that you can only assume your friend has an odd obsession with the latest Norelco razor.
- Facebook is Bad for Your Health
Facebook isn’t just a risk-free website devoted to taking down your vacations, poor wardrobe choices, and myopic thoughts on sporting events (which can both define or destroy relationships), it can actually do you harm. Some Studies suggests that it can have negative impact on your health including impact your immune system and inhibit the release of growth hormones, impair digestion and vision, limit thinking and kill creativity, and affect sleep patterns and happiness.
- You Have Friends That You Don’t Really know.
On the average, a grown up adult will have about 338 friends on Facebook and may not even know more than 10 percent of these friends. This is absurd. Many of them likely have new lives, some have new last names, new passions, new facial hair, and new humans they’re now responsible for keeping alive (read: babies). These are not the friends you knew, and semi-casually keeping up with them is a waste of time that could be better spent with new, real friends.
- You May Not Care But Privacy Is Important.
Some of you may say that you don’t care about privacy. That is reasonable. That’s your right anyways. But the problem is that we’re setting precedent for the future without yet understanding how it will affect the free and open Web, and simultaneously creating an internet that relies on you having a Facebook account to access sites that are not Facebook. As one of nearly 1.2 billion users to date, odds are decent that your account won’t be hacked by someone with ill-will toward your family. That doesn’t mean that permitting easy access to your information goes without consequence, both immediately and decades from now.
- Your Posts Doesn’t Really Matter
As sarcastic as this may sound, it is really true. It is important that you understand that very few people care about what you’re doing, whom you’re with, where you’re eating, or what you just bought, and the people who do were probably right next to you when you did it. We all saw that funny Ice Bucket Challenge video, and if we didn’t see it, it’s fine. We’re all fine. You’ll sleep well without knowing which childhood toys you owned are now worth a fortune, and you will absolutely “believe what happened next” on Upworthy, because someone took time to write about it. These articles only exist because you share them on Facebook, and you only share them because they exist. So, instead, just invite a friend over to talk about how much you both loved Save By the Bell. The internet can only take so much nostalgia.
There are many other reasons though, why you should seriously consider quitting Facebook and other social media websites. Unless if your businesses or jobs are dependent on Facebook, I don’t think that you have any reason to spend all these huge time on it.
So, If you’re serious about quitting Facebook today, do not hesitate. You can do it right now by clicking here.
Reference Link: Men’s Journal