Should You Quit Facebook!
In 2004, Facebook was founded by American Mark Zuckerberg.
At nineteen, the former Harvard student launched a social networking site along with three classmates.
Facebook was intended for his fellow students of Harvard College, to present themselves and to keep in touch.
In 2010, a film released under the name The Social Network provided some insight on the history of the company.
Facebooks’ Zuckerberg has become one of the richest people on earth. Facebook makes its money mainly from advertising revenue.
Nothing seems to be able to put a brake on the success of Facebook. Meanwhile, more than one billion people, organizations, and companies have a Facebook page.
Why do many people like using it so much?
You can use Facebook in different ways:
- Let others know how you are doing
- See how others are doing.
- Locating old friends.
- Playing games with other guests play like chess, Monopoly and the once so popular Farmville (the games are usually in English).
Thanks to Facebook you can easily maintain contact with friends and family and locate old friends from days gone bye.
You can see what kind of work they are doing now, and where they live, and maybe even some pictures they posted. It is very simple to make “contact.”
For example, you can quickly respond to a photo by giving a thumbs up (like) or sending a personal message.
I joined Facebook because it proved to be a handy tool to “keep in touch” with friends and family who don’t live closeby.
There are, however, some concerns too.
Not everybody is into the broadcasting model where you can inform the world what is up with you by just pressing a send button.
Not everybody likes the idea of sharing personal information and maintaining online friendships.
I have listed several reasons below why you might want to reconsider your Facebook usage.
1. Facebook poses a threat to your privacy
Facebook is not only the owner of your data but takes it much further.
This is probably the most obvious “danger” in using Facebook.
People share an enormous variety of information on their Facebook.
They often misunderstand the risks involved, and how their privacy suffers as a result.
Privacy on Facebook is dangerously undermined by these three main factors:
First of all, users reveal too much of themselves,
Secondly, Facebook still does not take adequate steps to guard user privacy, and
thirdly the data trail you leave on Facebook is actively marketed to third parties interested in what people do, don’t do, like, don’t like, tag, vote up etcetera for marketing purpose.
They even seem to be able to record what you typed and what time you were about to publish it even if you never actually did.
2. Facebook harms student engagement
A study by Junco, R. (2012) into the link between the frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement pointed out that a more frequent use Facebook has a negative impact on student engagement.
Can you remember the days before Facebook?
You know, when your birthdays, important dates and events were written on a calendar?
Those good old days.
Today Facebook governs your social life, tells you when your ‘congratulations’ are due and which event you need to participate in.
3. Facebook makes cyberbullying easy
Using Facebook raises your risk to become a victim of cyber bullying and victimization.
A study by Kwan, G. C. E., & Skoric, M. M. (2013) shows that the magnitude of Facebook usage and participation in risky Facebook behaviors (for instance sharing photos of you drunk or in other apparently funny situations) was related to Facebook victimization and Facebook bullying.
A fairly strong positive link between school bullying and Facebook bullying, as well as between school victimization and Facebook victimization, was also uncovered.
9 Reasons Why You Should Quit Facebook
- your privacy
- your wellbeing
- your grades
- your relationships
- time management
“I deactivated my account six months ago and I couldn’t be happier! 🙂
I noticed there are big fish and small fish on the web.
I noticed there are big fish and small fish on the web.
You’re either one or the other.
I feel it’s a service that breeds narcissism and I don’t think that’s a good thing.
For instance, if you have a friend whose posts gets 350 likes and you get 2 likes for something similar, you feel awkward if not inadequate at best.
I mean there’s no hiding from awkward feeling even if you deny it, the facts are still there lurking in the background.
It’s almost like a game in some respects and I don’t want to play the game anymore.
Maybe one day that will change but for now I value my privacy and I like not knowing what everyone is doing.
I feel that Facebook can also breed unnecessary feelings of envy, jealousy and resentment.
For instance, you not being invited to a party that everyone else was invited to and seeing the photos that go with said party. Ouch!
Seeing your ex get along swimmingly without you and enjoying his new girl who may be younger and prettier than you. Ouch!
Who needs that?
Same theory goes for guys as well.
Part of me feels that Facebook opens up realms of information that we shouldn’t be paying mind to nor should we care to know in the first place. Shutting it down is not only healthy, but also wise.
4. Facebook is for the narcissistic extraverted amongst us
Are you guilty when it comes to posing for the webcam?
Or do you regularly use a picture of yourself in the mirror as your profile picture?
That is a sign of vain behavior. Something that comes naturally after excessive use of Facebook.
A study by Ryan, T., & Xenos, S. (2011) showed that Facebook users seem to be more narcissistic and extroverted, but less reliable and socially lonely, than nonusers.
Is that the company you want to be associated with?
Facebook is a strange reality.
It is not the real world because nobody hangs his dirty laundry out in public.
5. Facebook usage ain’t no good yeah for your grades
A study by Kirschner, P. A., & Karpinski, A. C. (2010) in which they investigated academic performance amongst Facebook users showed that Facebook users reported having lower GPAs (Grade Point Average) and spend fewer hours per week studying than nonusers.
Now many may think that low grades are the shortest way to success.
But, unfortunately, that isn’t always so.
6. Facebook can negatively affect your well-being
On the outside, Facebook provides a valuable resource for satisfying the basic human necessity for social contact.
Rather than enhancing happiness, however, some findings hint that Facebook may undermine it.
A large number of Facebook friends likely hinders academic orientation, and wasting a lot of time on Facebook is linked to a low level of self-esteem.
The study Kim, J., & Lee, J.-E. R. (2011) did study hints that the amount of Facebook friends and positive self-presentation may raise users’ subjective well-being, yet this part of happiness may not be grounded in sensed social support.
On the other hand, honest self-presentation may magnify joy rooted in social support given by Facebook friends.
Implications of their findings are discussed in light of testimony of self-worth, time and effort needed for developing and maintaining friendships, and the prominent role presented by self-disclosure in indicating one’s need for social support.
A multivariate analysis by Chou, H.-T. G., & Edge, N. (2012) indicated that those respondents who are seasoned Facebook and those users killing more time on Facebook every week seemed to believe that others were happier and had better lives, and at the same time.
Moreover, those Facebookers as that befriended more people whom they did not personally know also believed that others had better lives.
If you come to the conclusion that you “talk” to people nowadays more on Facebook than in real life, do yourself and your friend a favor, shut off your computer and go drink something somewhere together.
7. Facebook can ruin relationships
Muise, A., Christofides, E., & Desmarais, S. (2009) revealed that extended Facebook employment significantly predicts Facebook-related jealousy.
They allege that this result may be the outcome of a feedback loop whereby Facebook usage exposes people too frequently to equivocal information about their significant other that they may not otherwise have access to and that these newly acquired facts prompt them to further Facebook use.
Their study presents evidence of Facebook’s unprecedented contributions to the experience of jealous feelings in romantic relationships.
8. Facebook is making a few people insanely rich
Stop enabling Mark Zuckerberg (whose good morality is questioned by many) and his investors to become so insanely rich.
If you’re cool with someone making billions by using your activities and online identities as collateral then continue using Facebook by all means.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg mused in the book The Facebook Effect that it was his to enable us to follow each others timeline for a very long time. Preferably from conception onward.
That will not appeal to everyone, especially because the company already is under fire for privacy violations.
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9. On Facebook spamming is commonplace
Facebook makes it easy for people to spam you with religious and political hogwash.
Free yourselves from all the irritating political and religious posts from people you at best may have only met once.
Regardless of political or spiritual affiliation, let’s all respect each other’s right to do whatever we want without being annoyed.
And on top of this, there’s the ever increasing number of games and applications you get invited to play or use and ‘X wants you to be a fan of X ‘.
After receiving your fifth call to fertilize in Farmville better call it a day. Well, let us face it, which Facebook application is actually useful?
10. Facebook steals your valuable time
Are you one of those people who put an angry status up every time Facebook presents new site adjustments?
Then you might be giving it too much attention.
Or do you discuss why Facebook’s comment button has changed?
Then it is time for you to do something different.
You should substitute non-constructive Facebook time with self-improvement activities such as reading, exercising or trying to make more money for yourself, or sharpening your brain. Facebook does nothing but helps you waste time. That may not seem like a big deal now, but at your deathbed, you’ll probably regret spending so much time on the site.
11. Facebook is so boring.
It is all about small talk
Granted, there is nothing wrong with an innocent chat about the weather. But mentioning having to put the garbage outside.
Or that your eight months old sun has just filled its pants.
Or reading that:
“John just listened to ‘Beyonce’ on Spotify.”
“Paul just completed a run in 51 minutes.”
“Carol just checked into …..”
“Look how cute that baby is”
“Your neighbor plea to sign the petition “Save the grouse.”
“Here’s a funny picture of a dog and cat, together.”
Don’t waste your life consuming empty calories.
The reasons I mentioned above are only a few reasons why you might want to consider quitting Facebook.
There are probably many more reasons.
And each of us might attach a different weight to these reasons.
Anyhow, the number of people on Google searching for “How do I delete my Facebook account” is growing rapidly.
A new trend may be emerging here.
If you ever get the idea to quit Facebook, and you would like your photos, texts, and contacts away to another place, then you have a problem.
Facebook would like your data to remain on Facebook and won’t help you on that front.
The company even goes so far as to claim that the transfer of information is illegal.
That being said I must be honest with you.
Karin still uses Facebook.
Why you might ask?
Because for her it has proven to be an easy and convenient way to keep in touch with her relatives who live on the other side of the Atlantic ocean.
Although we are thousands of miles apart, she enjoys reading their occasional update, often accompanied by family photos.
It makes her feel involved.
And Karin does enjoy the occasional banter with friends living in other provinces about football and such.
And she admits.
Sometimes she knowingly and willingly wastes some time on Facebook and other social media.
There are some things she has done though to keep her information as private as possible.
- She adjusted all the privacy settings to make it hard to find her and her posts if you are not a “friend.”
- She succeeds, in keeping away from political and religious discussions with strangers.
- Karin ignores all game requests etcetera.
- And she keeps her original photos on her computer.
So if she ever decides to leave, she will still have these memories.
On the other hand, I have chosen to leave Facebook.
I got fed up with the fake news, toxic conversations between friends, family, and strangers over Brexit, US elections, Politics etcetera.
I can do without that agitation.
And last but not least Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vision of the future where he wants to position Facebook as the backbone of what he hopes will be a new “social infrastructure” addressing some of the humanity’s biggest problems scares the hell out of me.
Is there any agency capable of monitoring and controlling Facebook’s power?
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