Deactivating my Facebook account has been a hassle for me...several times. (Although, I do appreciate that my account is never permanently deleted. This way, I can log back in and search for any personal data shared solely from my feed.) Every time I reactivate my account to search for a lost post, before navigating away from the page, I always end up re-deactivating it.
The steps for deactivation (from a web browser) are as follows:
1 - Navigate to "Settings" --> "Personal Information" --> "Manage Account"
2 - Click "Deactivate"
3 - Select a reason to let Facebook "know why you are deactivating"
4 - Ignore Facebook's lure to reel you back in
5 - Click the "Deactivate" button
I typically select the option "I don't find Facebook useful." Even though they attempt to reel me back in with the choice to "Find More Friends," this option seems to bear the least amount of guilt when I've finally reached deactivation status. All of the other options seem to carry a sense of obligation to stick with Facebook or provide an explanation as to why I've selected it.
I was an early bird to the Facebook world. I registered for and activated my original Facebook account back at the beginning of 2008, when I was on the verge of high school graduation. Myspace (R.I.P.) just wasn't doing it for me anymore, and I felt like I wanted a cleaner, more professional-looking approach to social media. Ultimately, things began to change, with Facebook, over time, and I found myself more and more irritated with the ever-increasing loss of control of the content displayed on my main feed. Now, I know the idea of this "control" seems like a foreign concept with anything online nowadays, with ads seemingly taking over the internet world completely, but believe me youngsters, it was a thing back then.
Maybe it's just my old-fashioned appreciation of a kind letter or face-to-face conversation, but the seemingly disconnected friendships I had on Facebook drove me to the conclusion that I needed to distance myself from the platform entirely. In my own thinking, I guess I don't really feel obligated to have an explanation as to why I don't use a Facebook account. However, I do have several friends and relatives who feel they are owed a reason and, while I often repeat the mantra "I'm an adult and I do what I want," I figure I can let people in on my reasoning.
My thoughts are simple. I don't use the Facebook machine because it requires too much time but profits very little on a personal level. I do, however, recognize the utilization businesses take advantage of, but that just drives my point further - ads are everywhere and, as an individual, I don't feel the need to subject myself to being willingly bombarded with advertisements on a device which already costs me hundreds to thousands of my hard-earned dollars...but I digress. This blog isn't, after all, an attack on advertisements. If I had a problem with business, I would be contradicting myself by showing up to work five to six days-a-week.
Let me finish by saying that, while I adamantly try to veer away from even conversations regarding the Facebook machine, I am not against people using it. I would love to see a population of citizens who share experiences together, in person, and face-to-face on a daily basis, but I recognize the reality that is present before us all.
Happy trails! Feel free to share your thoughts with me. We're all human, after all.