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How I gave up on everything Facebook
I recently changed my smartphone. My last one just died a few weeks ago, and I moved on to a Xiaomi Mi A1 with stock Android 8.0 (Oreo).
So I decided to implement a little experiment, drop everything related to Facebook: Instagram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and of course the Facebook app itself.
Why? Because I hate what Facebook has become. A giant ads machine full of fake news and useless content.
To replace the Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp I simply switched all my close family to Allo, Google's official messenger app.
As far as Instagram and Facebook app itself, well I feel like nothing of value was lost. Instagram was useless to its core, and I rarely went there anymore, and Facebook's feed was full of useless content and fake news. I simply felt no connection anymore, and I hated myself for wasting my time every few hours browsing my Facebook's feed without a real purpose or goal in mind, just fulfilling my social media addiction.
It was a long time coming
I hated Facebook and everything it had become for a long time now. But always found excuses to stick around, like the fact that I work in digital marketing, or that all my friends still used it.
Thing is I still have my Facebook account; I can still log in from a desktop, and I still use it for work-related tasks like managing certain Facebook pages or using certain Facebook marketing tools. I just don't use it on my phone anymore.
After a few days of people trying to contact me on Facebook Messanger and getting a very late response, I've noticed a cool trend. They found other ways to contact me. Some called me directly; some send an SMS, some emailed me, and some even installed Allo to talk with me.
The point is, the people that want to get in contact with you, will find a way. We live in the era of communication, trust me, they won't leave you uninformed just because you don't use Facebook Messanger or WhatsApp anymore.
I feel liberated. Seriously. You should totally try it! I realized that Facebook was designed to suck up my attention as well as my free time while giving nothing in return.
As a result, I started doing more of the things I actually loved doing on my smartphone. Reading articles, managing my calendar, doing tasks and listening to podcasts. In truth, my productivity increased, and I don't feel ashamed anymore for losing time on Facebook.