After over a decade of being a dedicated user, I deactivated my Facebook account last month. I originally joined the site in college, when it was still new and exclusive to only Ivy League students. It was a way to connect with my friends and stay up-to-date on what was going on in their lives. But as Facebook has become increasingly open and accessible to everyone, it has also become bloated and overrun with ads and click-bait articles.My News Feed was filled with posts from media outlets and companies, rather than my friends. And when I did see posts from my friends, they were often about mundane things that I didn’t really care about. I realized that I was spending more time on Facebook than I was with actual people, and it was making me feel lonely and isolated.
I also started to feel like Facebook was invading my privacy. The site has always been notorious for its lack of security, and there have been several high-profile data breaches in recent years. I was tired of feeling like I had to share everything with the world, and I didn’t want my data to be sold to the highest bidder.
So I quit. And it feels great.
I’m not saying that Facebook is all bad. It can be a useful tool for staying in touch with loved ones and organizing events. But for me, the negatives outweighed the positives. I’m much happier without it.