7 Reasons Why I Deleted My Facebook Account

Lately, Facebook has been in the news a lot, and I’m reading lots of articles comparing it to favourite social media websites of the past such as MySpace, LiveJournal and Friendster. Has it, too, had its day?

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Facebook since I can remember. At first, I was very reluctant to join. Did I really want everyone knowing what was going on in my life, where I was, what I was doing, who I was with, etc., etc., etc.? I mean, there are other ways of finding out that information, isn’t there?

As an author, I know I should be using Facebook to help promote my book and my blog but, just over a year ago, I had decided enough was enough and finally gave Facebook its marching orders.

Here are my seven reasons why I deleted my Facebook account.

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Time. Did you know that some people can spend a whole day on Facebook? Yes, a full day! I know people can also spend all day on other sites (some I’m not going to mention) and I’ve heard firsthand from some who wake up in the middle of the night and admit to logging onto their Facebook account just in case they’ve missed anything. Facebook was eating into my writing time. It had to stop! When scrolling through Facebook posts, when I could have been writing, I realised just how many ideas for stories and blog posts I’d let fly by. Something had to be done. I deleted my Facebook account.

The Past. It was my own fault; I should never have accepted those friends requests, but when people I hadn’t seen for over 40 years continuously messaged me every time I logged on, I began to get a little fed up and irritated with them. I never get angry or irritated (unless the outside temperature is over 25c and it’s humid) so something had to be done. I deleted my Facebook account.

Talking. Picking up the phone and calling somebody to tell them what a fantastic day out I’d had only to be informed that they’d already seen and read about it on somebody else’s Facebook timeline, was killing the art of conversation. If these friends already knew about my day, week, month, and what I’d been up to, then was there any point in talking directly to them anymore? I love people, I mean I am after all a ‘people person,’ but Facebook was taking away the art of conversation from me. Something had to be done. I deleted my Facebook account.

Location. Scrolling through Facebook and seeing posts such as ‘Mildred Longbottom – in Starbucks at the top of Mount Everest‘, and wondering why Mildred (who is a made-up friend) was even telling the world that she was in Starbucks. Seriously, would anyone really be interested? Facebook was continually giving me useless information I was not the least bit interested in. Why do people have to keep checking themselves in everywhere they go? Am I missing something here? Do I really care? Something had to be done. I deleted my Facebook account.

Photos. Some of the photos were amazing. Then there were the plain silly ones. Then there were the ones people were actually posting directly on my Facebook timeline. Do I really want to see a photo of two sausage rolls or a half-eaten banana being dipped into some whipped cream? Okay, I know I could have altered my settings, but could I really be bothered by all of that? Wasn’t sorting out my sock drawer more interesting? Something had to be done. I deleted my Facebook account.

Hackers. Perhaps I was too trusting, but when somebody from the same area as me (who was also a writer) sent me a friend’s request, and I accepted, I was a little shocked when she then posted an eye-popping photo on my Facebook timeline. I know it’s all about settings again, but I worried about how many of my friends had their eyes popped out before I deleted the offending photo, and reported the offending account to Facebook (as it had apparently been hacked). All my worry was already reserved for when and if The Spice Girls would ever reform. Something had to be done. I deleted my Facebook account.

Birthdays. I don’t know what’s worse; logging onto Facebook and getting lots of messages wishing you a ‘happy birthday’ (when it’s not your birthday), or telling the world it’s your birthday when, like me, you’re an introvert and don’t want all the fuss. The embarrassment of then being asked if it really was my birthday and that if it wasn’t then when was it, is not something I really want to get involved in. Aren’t there people out there (called scammers) who look for this kind of information so they can apply for a credit card in your name? Something had to be done. I deleted my Facebook account.

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I know many people love Facebook, and have many good reasons for using it but, for me, having got rid of Facebook and lived without it for a year, I can confirm that life doesn’t come off the rails without it. In fact, for the first time, I can remember when asked the question ‘Are you on Facebook?’ I didn’t get that strange look I get when I turn green and announce that the jolly green giant has arrived.

If you want to know how to delete your Facebook account, I found this great article that explains how to do it. Click here to read it.

Also, check out this interesting post from Elena Peters – Is Facebook Even Worth The Time And Effort For Bloggers?

And this post from Phil Taylor, who predicted the end of Facebook – I Hate To Say I Told You So But I…Predicted #DeleteFacebook.

What about you? Have you deleted your Facebook account? If so, what were the reasons? Are you still on Facebook? If so, what keeps you there and how much time do you spend on it? Do you think Facebook has had its day?

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  1. Hi Hugh,
    As a blogger, I need Facebook groups to promote. I just get a new subscriber today I met in a Facebook group who liked my article.
    FB was hacked last week; I was thrown out of my account. I am grateful for the chance to promote in their groups. Off to read Phil’s post.

    1. Hi Janice, you’re lucky. I always found Facebook groups dormant, unfriendly, or full of people who just wanted you to promote them without them promoting you. There were also some groups that had far too many rules, so I never really got any traffic from Facebook groups. However, I do know of a few people, like you, who do get good amounts of traffic to their sites from the Facebook groups they belong to.

  2. Hi Hugh, I already featured this post back in May, but I will feature it again as I have another post being featured that has a similar theme.
    All the best
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

  3. Hello Hugh,

    Thank you for this post!

    I’ve also deleted my Facebook account about 2 years ago and I’m really happy that I made this decision. I have also written about this topic on my blog. I think ultimately, Facebook just really makes me sad. I recall one time, it was my birthday, and even if I consider myself an introvert, I like being greeted. But I really prefer for the interaction to be more personal (such as a phone call). Maybe I’m asking too much. When I logged on to my Facebook page a few days after my birthday, I saw a greeting plus some lengthy dedication from somebody close to me. All this time I wondering if they remembered my birthday. They did. They just decided to announce the greeting in Facebook even if I don’t use it as much.

    That experience made me really question the whole point of Facebook, at least for myself.


    1. Hi Sigrid,

      Thank you for your comments. I’m afraid that social media and technology have really spoilt the art of conversation, hasn’t it? People seem to much rather send a message via an app than pick up the phone, call somebody, and have a chat with them. When I think back of the time before computers and technology, people then had to make more of an effort to go out and meet people. I didn’t mind spending my time doing that, but I really started to resent the time social media was taking up in my life. I now only run three main social media accounts, all of which I only use for promoting my blog and book.

      Again, thank you for your comments on this post.

      Best wishes,

      1. Hello Hugh,

        I heard the other day that people now are more lonely than ever, despite the birth of social media which is supposed to make us all feel connected.

        On the flip side, I actually don’t mind Twitter and Pinterest. With Twitter, I have met the most amazing like-minded people (bloggers) and with Pinterest, it doesn’t take much of my time.

        But I do recall the time without social media. Most of the conversations happen over too many cups of coffee!


    1. I’ve never heard of it, but thank you for the details. We have to be so careful about how many social media platforms we use, otherwise, we face the real prospect of spreading ourselves too thinly. I’m currently at my maximum of using three social media platforms and they already keep me very busy.

      1. Yeah iam agree your point sir.Number of social media site now days and you already busy there.But only once time experience this site and get new experience. I hope you like and not disappointed . Thank you so much .

  4. Nice article! As an adoptee, Facebook was helpful with reuniting with biological relatives; however, I never went on before three years ago when reuniting started. I found myself in a world that I couldn’t understand. I do not like drama and when I found myself sucked into it, I actually became extremely depressed and found myself with high anxiety, losing friends and family over juvenile issues. Yesterday, I made the decision to delete my Facebook account completely and start something entirely different, blogging! I actually slept the best I had slept in two years last night. I didn’t worry about who was looking at my Facebook page where I would receive a phone call the next day about something I had posted. The kicker was when I would post a picture of my husband and me having a vacation and my friends and family would be questioning and/or upset that we didn’t drive an hour or two to see them on our vacation. Too much drama for me!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your reasons for deleting your Facebook account with us. When I deleted my account, it was like having a huge dark cloud lifted. I’ve never looked back since pressing that delete button.

  5. Totally agree with all of your points, Hugh. I don’t use the Facebook app on my phone or tablet especially after reading a few blog posts on Why Not to Install Facebook Messenger (which I refused to do anyway…gut instinct). My other major turnoff was more recently when I was waiting for a card making tutorial to start on YouTube. The “ad” was for a piece of software that collects user information from Facebook accounts – phone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, cities/countries, etc. The voice was very sinister and upset me. I haven’t deleted my account yet as I sometimes have to post for the Thai restaurant that I frequent, and do some design work for. On the positive side, I will forever be grateful to Facebook for reuniting my cousin and aunt who I hadn’t seen since the mid-70s. I had been searching for them for years on Facebook and one day my aunt’s name came up, and from there I found my cousin. We keep in contact now with texts and/or FaceTime. I deleted my Facebook page and any personal info, including photos from my personal account. Thanks for writing such a great blog post!

    1. Thank you for this insight into Facebook and the way you use, it, Debbie. I was rather shocked to hear that Facebook still keeps our information even after we’ve deleted our account. I guess that many other companies do the same, though.
      I’m so pleased to hear that you were reunited with your cousin and aunt. I think Facebook has done a lot of reuniting people and, of course, keeping people in touch. My biggest mistake was mixing my blog up with my personal Facebook page. I learned a lot of lessons from doing that, but I won’t ever be tempted to go back to Facebook.

  6. FB has its good points and its bad. I unfollow anyone who uses capital letters and lots of exclamation marks – their life is too exciting for me. I unfriend anyone who I got sucked into friending and couldn’t care less about. I’m wondering why I have a FB page for my blog – it has been my nemesis and may be the first casualty of FB deletions when the time comes.

    1. I’m still getting traffic to my blog from Facebook even though I deleted my account last year. I have to thank those readers who are sharing my posts on their Facebook page. I don’t miss Facebook at all. If it’s not working, then why bother keeping it? I was amazed by how much time it freed up when I deleted my account.

        1. I remember that it took me a long time to figure out how to delete my Facebook account. It was the same when trying to cancel my free trial of Amazon Prime. These companies make it so hard for us.

  7. Always useful.. i have a live hate with face book. I only joined it 2012.. then had a freeze of it. Then joined it for my blog .i need to read the other post if face book is worth as a blogger. I actually had it work for me a little..

  8. I haven’t deleted my Facebook account yet because I don’t post much there that doesn’t already appear on my Blogs. When I set up my Facebook account, I linked it to my Blogs to automatically post and link my blog posts to Facebook. Other than that, I haven’t done much on Facebook.

    And I read a piece, I think in The Washington Post, that when we delete our Facebook account, Facebook keeps all that info anyway. They don’t delete it. They just make it so no one can see it except the corporations they are selling that information to and that Facebook keeps gathering info on us even after we leave Facebook because when we signed up for Facebook, I understand, we let them into our mobile phones, our tablets, our laptops, our desktops and probably in our bathrooms and bedrooms too.

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