On the last week of February, I quit Facebook. Now by chance after I quit Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have been pulled into a controversial issue surrounding data usage of third parties such as Cambridge analyticas use of data to influence the US election outcome.
I gave up Facebook for a few reasons,
1. I’ve grown bored of the platform and the habitual checking of it to see what’s going on and taking part in “endless scrolling” through news, pics, adverts and non-relevant updates.
2. I am growing more aware of the power of data and the way you can be influenced, this is now more apparent especially across social platforms.
3. Getting tracked by Facebook via ads and other means.
So I quit, and something unexpected happened which I likened to giving up smoking. I found Facebook popping up in my mind for about a week after, which kind of demonstrated that checking it was habitual. It’s no secret that companies want to make their apps addictive, whether it’s a social app or a video game, and clearly, without realising it I was also addicted.
So how’s life after Facebook? Totally fine, I don’t feel like I’m missing out anymore. When I thought about it, all of my friends and family are on WhatsApp so messaging is still fine, and if anything more secure now that’s to WhatsApp’s encryption which you don’t get on messenger. While WhatsApp is still owned by Facebook I’ve gained some time back and am sharing less data. I’ve also recently removed Instagram which is also owned by Facebook of which I initially missed but am over it also.
All in all, it’s been a positive experience, give it a try and let me know how you get on in the comments below 🙂