August 22, 2012

Deleting My Facebook Account

It's finally over. I have permanently deleted my Facebook account.

My annoyance with Facebook has been steadily growing since I joined the site over six years ago. The "honeymoon stage" of my relationship with the social networking site was fairly short lived, but by the time I first thought about deactivating, it was too late. I was already hooked.

Like a victim in an abusive relationship, I couldn't convince myself to pull away. Years went by as I tolerated annoyance after annoyance. But despite the issues, I loved Facebook, and I still do. There are aspects of the site I will certainly miss. But enough is enough. I've made the decision to leave.

I'll spare you the lengthy FB complaint list that led to my departure. I'm sure you probably have your own list anyways.  But I will say that in the aftermath of deleting my account, I feel a sense of liberation. A freedom almost.

For six years Facebook I logged on day after day, sometimes even hour after hour. It was a significant part of my life and ingrained into my daily routine. I did nearly everything through it - event planning, emails, photo sharing, and more.

I am sure my transition back to life without the habit will undoubtably be met with some obstacles. I will have to retrain myself to do some basic activities the same way a cigarette addict has to retrain themselves to do various activities without a cigarette in hand. For example, I will actually have to send an email, instead of just a FB message.

A while back, I heard a stunning statistic as to the percentage of people who ultimately come back after leaving Facebook. I forget the number, but it was high. I guess that makes it a powerful product. Only time will tell if I can really let that habit go, or if I will be just another statistic, a returning facebook user.

While searching for a graphic for this post I came across this interesting post. I thought she sums it up nicely, 

"Deleting my Facebook account doesn’t mean I don’t exist anymore.
I am here." 


  1. I have been absent from the blogging world for a while and I just caught up on your blog. So many fun projects! I love getting to read about what you are working on.

  2. Wow! You are brave! I love FB (despite my annoyances with a lot of the features and changes) but I think the thing that most people hate: The Drama, I just alleviate by unfriending.

    I will say that my blog fan page on FB stresses me out. Seriously.. The fact that people seem to be "like-counters" and consider it some sort of popularity contest never ceases to amaze me!

    Well.. you go girl! I bet you will find more hours in the day.

  3. You go, girl! I saw your picture from the Happy Hour linky party and couldn't resist reading your article. I have a love-hate relationship with FB. While I get a lot info. through various groups (school's PTO, subdivision beg and buy page), I'm seriosly considering forcing myself to restrict my time on it somehow. I hate how much time I allow it to steal from my life.

    Bonny @

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  5. I tried getting off FB once and got back on the wagon! I want to give it up again but ugh, it's so hard. Good luck!