Ever thought of deleting your Facebook Account? Here are 7 reasons why yes
Believe it or not, nearly a decade has gone by since Facebook was first launched. While it began as a method of keeping tabs on what your former high school classmates were doing, it gradually transformed into something entirely different.
Over time, Internet users started to recognize the value of their personal information and grew sceptical about the idea of sharing everything they were doing. Even though Facebook makes a big deal out of regularly updating its security protocol, sometimes that’s just not enough.
Furthermore, while it goes without saying that social media has its perks, spending too much time in front of a computer screen can be detrimental to one’s physical and mental health.
Most of us are still on Facebook and use it on a daily basis. If you’ve been tossing and turning about whether or not you should quit the network, here are 7 good reasons for you to turn your back on it.
It is a time-wasting activity
Although it might be difficult to grasp, the average Facebook user spends at least 17 minutes on the social network per day. Others can spend hours, depending on their jobs. 17 minutes spent on Facebook every day adds up to 40 days per decade. That’s over a month! What could you do with more than a month of spare time? Just think of all the possibilities.
If you hate ads, just leave it
One of the most dangerous things about Facebook ads is that they are customized to each individual user. Not only is your newsfeed littered with sponsored posts, but it also reveals which of your friends have engaged with the ad. Some of your buddies might have liked or shared a post that now ‘magically’ shows up in your news feed. If you’re tired of ads, you might be tired of the network altogether.
Facebook exploits its users to sell merchandise
Back in 2012, close to 700,000 accounts were manipulated by the system. What was the purpose of this so-called “study?” Facebook wanted to know just which changes could affect the end-user on an emotional level. Apparently, Zuckerberg’s company officials claimed that the manipulations were performed in the name of improving the network’s services. Talk about mind games.
It can be harmful to your health
As previously mentioned, spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen can negatively impact your health. In fact, studies have found that spending time on Facebook can take a toll on your immune system. Physical modifications include vision and digestion impairment while mental changes include limiting thinking and killing creativity. Furthermore, using the network can modify your sleep patterns, and it’s common knowledge that not getting enough sleep can have a negative affect on your biorhythm.
It can make you feel lonely
On the one hand, Facebook can severely damage romantic connections since jealousy commonly arises among couples that use social media.
Keeping up with friends is difficult, especially when maintaining long-distance relationships. Some of the people you used to know while you were in high school have different names and even different characters. While the average Joe or Jane has close to 350 Facebook friends, around 10% of these people are actually strangers.
Remember when reading a book and having a glass of wine all on your own was enough? Facebook can make it seem like a pathetic thing to do. While some of your buddies are checking in at a restaurant, you’re sitting at home all alone. Comparing yourself to other people can be a harmful and anxiety inducing behaviour .
Your posts probably don’t matter all that much
Wouldn’t you prefer interacting directly with a person to talking through Facebook Messenger? If you still believe in the social nature of humans, you probably understand by now that sharing an image of a cute, fluffy cat simply cannot replace genuine human interaction.
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