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A little over a year ago, I posted an article on 9 Reasons to Deactivate Facebook. Since then, a lot has happened. Facebook went public, the founder married his college sweetheart, and their ads just keep getting creepier and creepier.
Just for fun, I thought I would list a few more reasons to deactivate Facebook.
Suggested/ Sponsored Posts
Because Facebook is now public, they need a way to make money. There are a lot more suggested or sponsored posts nowadays. These suggested posts even fill up your news feed and sometimes it can be hard to discern what is an advertisement and what isn't. As per usual, the ads on the side of your Facebook home page screen always make you a bit creeped out because Facebook really knows what you have been searching about or talking about lately. Thank goodness I don't see much of the “Ethical Engagement Rings” ad anymore otherwise it would drive me bonkers.
Facebook Makes you Depressed
According to Time, regularly surfing on Facebook makes you lonely, depressed, and frustrated or angry. We can't help but compare ourselves to our peers. People usually post only happy things on Facebook, they post what a great time they are having, how much fun they are having, and we don't usually get to see the “real” side of life where people have inevitable down days (unless they are one of those annoying people who never have a bad day).
Another reason why some people on Facebook might feel depressed is if there are few people “liking” your status updates or few people commenting on your status updates. That lack of social validation (which is essentially what Facebook is all about) can really get some people down.
The People that Post Inappropriate Things
Now I'm not sure if this is more sad or more inappropriate. I'm not talking about the inappropriate things like “I just farted” as a status update. I'm talking about the status updates where it is absolutely clear that they are completely mentally unstable and they are asking for help or seeking validation. Or if they are complaining or looking down on other people.
Please, you have real life friends for that…right? You don't need to broadcast it to 314 of your friends.
I've seen a few status updates that are just shocking like:
“It takes a lot for me to declare someone genuinely dumb. I have found that person today”
—- really? Please get off your high horse.
“I don't know if I can take this life anymore”
Followed by comments like “are you okay?” x 15 with no response from the original status updater (until the next day)
and “For those “friends” who call themselves my friends, don't be so judgmental of me”
—- well, if you say that you drink before you get to work to get through the day, and outright post that on Facebook, that's kind of asking for judgment (and concern).
Engagement and Wedding Updates
I'm not sure which was worse. Seeing engagement and wedding updates for people while I was in a 7.5 year relationship that was going no where, or while I am single. Probably the former and not the latter.
It's great to be happy for my friends who are all getting engaged and look so happy in their done up engagement photos, but this alludes to the “Facebook Makes you Depressed” reason. Haha 🙂 However, I've gotten past myself (thankfully) and have been able to be genuinely happy for these wonderful couples because they have found love! It doesn't make me depressed like it did before.
Baby Photos Filling Up the Newsfeed
Probably the most important reason why you should deactivate Facebook is the incessant number of baby photos. Sure your baby is cute and adorable, but do you really really have to post a picture of your baby or toddler on a daily (or sometimes a few-times-daily) basis?
Apparently there's an app to remedy this problem. Mashable says there's an app that you can unbaby the baby photos and replace the pictures of babies with photos of bacon and cats. Now there's an app for that and there's an app that I would download. Haha. Or you could just hide their posts.
With all being said, Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with your close friends and family and share pictures. Maybe just do a regular Facebook cleanse to maintain this instead of deactivating it if you want to keep in touch with your friends and family.
Readers, do you have any other reasons why you should deactivate Facebook?
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