I stopped logging into Facebook just about a month ago, and last week, had to finally deactivate.
Facebook became a chore.
It was no longer fun to log in and see what my friends and family were posting. It had become a hotbed for idiotic political posts.
At first I had tried filters just to change what people posted, then hiding posts. Then, just trying to let people know that what they were posting just wasn't true. It became an exercise in futility. I was getting angry with people that I spoke very little to in real life.
I really want to like people that I don't associate with all the time, and their Facebook updates was making it impossible. Facebook had been turned into FOX News but turned up to eleven. (Sorry Kell). Kind of like how myspace had become some kind of glittery ghetto of Mtv.
Then, the story I read about Facebook making Billions (with a "B") and not having to pay any State or Federal taxes, and even getting refunds up to 500 Million (with a "M"). That was the last straw. I was infuriated. So many of us that use their site on a daily, hourly even minute by minute business struggle to pay bills and taxes, and they're beating the system.
So, I decided to quit facebook. I stopped the same day that I quit cable and decided to quit biting my nails.
I thought that I would deactivate it. I quickly learned how much of my life across the internet was directly attached to facebook.com. So, I did the next best thing, and dumped every single thing that I had "liked" that was a business. Save for a few that were friends' bands or businesses.
But then I realized that people were still commenting on things, messaging me or trying to add me as a friend.
I didn't want to appear rude by not responding, so I decided to just deactivate my account and deal with finding new ways to log in across the web.
I haven't missed it at all. I keep up with people I need to through texts, email, instagram, tumblr and twitter.
I feel like I have more control over my digital life, as I don't feel as much as a jerk for not adding people I have no clue as to who they are.
I don't think I'll ever be able to fully delete my facebook account, much like I've never been able to delete my myspace account. Its got history on there, that I'll always be able to look back on.