Blake Watson: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Great article on quitting Facebook by Blake Watson. It came down to two reasons: Privacy concerns and the “unhealthy addiction” of getting notifications.

Over time, we’ve become hooked on the social validation Facebook (and other services) provide. Before I hit the delete button on my account, one of the last things that kept me on Facebook—after I had largely stopped posting and reading the News Feed—was simply checking my notifications. I unconsciously craved that little hit of happiness one gets when they see, So-and-so liked your post. But that’s not real happiness. It’s an unhealthy addiction.

I’ll admit I have two Facebook accounts: one I share with my family—photos and events—and one I established for when I was going to school, and a lot of stuff being posted was irrelevant to my family. My use of both have sputtered to almost nothing since most people I know maintain a passive use of it that is similar to my own: generally, curious to see what other people are doing, but not really interested in posting anything themselves, which I totally get. I’d post, but I’d get few, if any, likes, which again I totally get.

But the comments on Hacker News, where I found the article, really hit the nail on the head in terms of my real problem: the complete time sink Facebook represented. It hits all my ADD receptors and I had to delete it off my phone and remove all traces from my primary browser to get away from it. Even as I stripped my feed to nothing but Reuters and AP articles, Facebook still mixes in all sorts of other stuff in there. It’s maddening. The privacy issues concern me, but the time sink created by its ability to manipulate is what really hit home. I just can’t use it anymore.