10 New Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

Mark ZuckerbergIf you're anything like me, you've uttered the words, "I'm thinking of quitting Facebook" at some point in the last few years. Or, at the very least, you've thought them. But, again, if you're like me, you just can't find the balls to do it. Something holds you back -- be it that you don't want to lose touch with old friends you've reconnected with; you're obsessed with stalking a certain someone; or you just don't want to be the weirdo who hasn't gotten with the times. It's damn near impossible. Like Jack Twist said in Brokeback Mountain: "I wish I knew how to quit you."

But you should. I should. We all should. Facebook adds nothing enriching to our lives. It's a vapid, boring, sometimes infuriating time-suck, and we'd most likely be better people without it. So, let's do it. On the count of three. One ... two ... okay, let's at least try! And if you need a little motivation, here are 10 more reasons why you should quit Facebook.

1. It's boring. Plain and simple. "Steve just listened to 'Blood Bank' by Bon Iver on Spotify." "Lisa just checked into Baja Fresh." Who cares?! When did play-by-plays of the mundane details of people's lives become mandatory?

2. It makes you feel bad about yourself. Remember, you're comparing the insecure, confused, private version of yourself to everybody's highlights reel on Facebook. No fun.

3. No more worrying about being tagged in photos. Everybody gets a little nervous logging onto Facebook after a drunken night that was filled with iPhone pics. Yeah, you might still be on there, but at least you won't be tagged -- and at least you won't know about it!

4. No more worrying about co-workers and superiors knowing what you're up to. When it comes to work, the less of you on the Internet, the better.

5. People who aren't on Facebook are cool. Think about the reaction people get when they say they're not on Facebook -- everyone's shocked. It sets them apart. They march to their own drummer.

6. It's a great excuse for not remembering people's birthdays. You have to call your Aunt Debbie on her birthday now, because, duh, it was right there in front of you on Facebook. Just sayin', if you're not on Facebook ...

7. You won't feel pressure to think of a funny, original status update to thank everyone for wishing you a happy birthday.

8. You'll actually get news the old-fashioned way. Through text.

9. You'll have more free time. To tweet.

10. You'll be one of the very few people who actually follows through -- and quits Facebook.

Have you ever thought about quitting Facebook?


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sweet... sweetpea842

I quit Facebook over a year ago. Best decision I ever made.

yanel... yanellitasmom

Yes I have, I fn hate fb. But it is SO HARD!! Because as soon as I think I've done it, a friend will call and say "OMG, did you see so-and-so's post?" It's a vicious cycle.

Melis... Melissa1508

I quit Facebook in December of 2010.  Best thing I ever did.  If you like Facebook, cool.  I just realized how much freaking time I spent worrying about people responding to posts and all that crap instead of spending time with my family.  But hey, to each his own!

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

I also quit Facebook recently and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. And by quit I mean permanently deleted, not just deactivated. I only had a small amount of friends, but even still their status updates and photos would annoy me everytime I logged on. There are only a couple people whose pics I miss seeing, but we're close enough that it's no problem texting or emailing.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I've thought about it, yes, but encouraging people to quit facebook to what? Tweet? Silly. I now use my facebook for my closest family and friends, I've blocked the games and you can even block youtube so you dont have to see people's weird musical tastes. Its not like you're being FORCED into reading or looking at something you dont want. Keep the people who matter and discard the riff raff. 


I'm not sure I'd ever quit FB unless there were another way to keep in touch with my family in Canada. I know I'd never see them and would never hear from them or anything about my extended family without it. I like feeling close to them. It's like we're kids again. I also like seeing pics of my grandchildren and just in general, feel in the loop of life.

But I sure wish they'd leave it alone or give you an option on how you like your stuff. This last change has a lot of people I know leaving FB. Posts don't show up or one is on the main wall and the other one stays on your timeline and such. I just wish they'd pick a way and leave it alone.

But quitting. I don't think so. I don't check it every 57 seconds though either. I go check things out a few times a day.

nonmember avatar Megan

I had a friend change my password almost 3 weeks ago. If I can make it until Lent without caving then I think I may just go deactivate. Nothing good ever came of it, I got annoyed with people's posts that I couldn't delete because I see them too often and it just seemed to cause drama more than anything. Being off of it has been interesting thus far. I didn't tell anyone I was detoxing from it, so people have been assuming I'm ignoring them which is ridiculous. It is social media. If you NEED to talk to me call me or text me.

femal... femaleMIKE

I Love my fb.  I check in about twice a day for about 10 min.   I like how I can communicate with my family that live in another country/state.

 My husband is able to get to know his family that live in Africa that he was never able to meet. 

The positives of FB for me is greater then the negatives.  We won't quit facebook.

the4m... the4mutts

Fb has, in fact, enriched my life. I have wonderful friends that post things I actually care about, and they care about my stuff. I know this to be fact, because they are my very close friends. I don't have 100 ppl I vaguely know. I have 30ppl that I love and care about.

If you don't like it, cool. More power to you. But telling people to delete their Fb because YOU don't like it is just lame.

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