As I’m sure many of you have noticed, Facebook starts out as a fun thing to do once in a while but can turn into an addiction. It can distract you from the things that are most important in your life such as your family, friends, work and relationships. In order to truly get rid of Facebook, you are going to have to be fully committed to doing so and slowly get rid of the site. If you try to stop too quickly, you are likely to fall back into the habit.
One main thing you must realize is; Facebook is not your life. By posting on Facebook, you are taking away from actually enjoying the special moments in your life. If your life is all about coming up with neat Status Updates, then there is a problem and it’s time to get your life back.
Start by taking off a whole day. Let everyone know that if they want to get a hold of you to SMS, email or call you. This way, you won’t feel as if you’re missing anything. Do what you can to stay away from computers because that could easily lead you back into a mini ‘relapse’.
As you get more comfortable with taking a day off here and there, you should try for longer periods of time such as a week. This is going to be tough at first but fight the urges to check your account. Do what you can to hang out with your friends in person and enjoy going out and about. Living your life on the computer isn’t healthy and everyone needs to be social with people they know and care about face to face.
Once you feel comfortable with being away from Facebook for a week or two; then it’s time to go for a month. Once this is reachable then you should think about deactivating your account. To deactivate your account:
- Login to your account in facebook and click on the account menu at the top right.
- Select Account Settings
- Select Security from the left-hand menu and click on “Deactivate your account”
Once deactivated, people on Facebook will not be able to search for you or view any of your information.
This is something I would only recommend to someone who is letting Facebook take over your life. If you think you can handle only using it for emergencies or treating it like people do email then you should be fine.
Keep in mind, it takes two weeks for your account to truly be deactivated so you must not log in or the two week timeframe starts all over again. This is the hardest part of the whole process because we have become so used to checking Facebook so many times during a single day. Just keep telling yourself that you lived without it before and you can and will continue to do so in the future.
You do not have to tell people everything in order to have a good life. Your life is made up by the moments you live and the memories you create; not by how cool your status is or how busy you seem. Try to realize that so much of Facebook is fake because no one is happy all the time and people do not post every single thing about their lives online; at least not everyone does.