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TechSpot: Why I Left Facebook After 7 Years, But Was Forced Back In

The early days of Facebook were much different from now. The site layout and profile pages were very basic, and the young and reckless didn't have to worry about family members or employers stumbling across their questionable photos.

As the site loosened membership requirements, I initially perceived the expansion as a good thing. I reconnected with childhood friends and high school classmates, and as a budding photographer, I loved sharing photos and receiving feedback from those on my friends list.

But as Facebook closes in on one billion active users, its overwhelming success is mostly why I've decided to end my long-standing relationship with the social network. Seven years is a long time to maintain any online account, much less one that demands almost daily attention.

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simple solution..ignore Facebook and don't login
thats my way of coping with that crap !
and if anything pops up click NO !

I have an old account and was on there for years and ended up killing it in 08 ish
but wound up sucked right back in anyway because friends and family use that most.
so if you wanna get a hold of people you don't have a choice, for example i check my facebook page for messages waaaaay more than i check any of my email accounts.
so that right there sums it up for me.

In all of my computing and using Facebook, I have not once woken up and immediately turned on my phone to read my Facebook feed. The problem there is addiction, not Facebook.

On the other hand, it has been extremely helpful for computer-illiterate members of my family to share pictures of my nieces and nephews etc and make quick contacts. It is even helpful to tie together logins on various sites (like Neowin).

Before I read the article all I could think of was "How can you be forced back in?" Then I remembered that new Spotify members can only signup with Facebook. That is the problem the person is trying to show people. He had a Spotify account that he was locked out from after getting rid of his facebook. If he could use his email for Spotify he could still log in and change his email address if he changed email accounts.

To me, Facebook is my contacts book since it's easier to keep in touch with my friends and family there rather than keeping their addresses somewhere else and using the email instead.

Additionally, it's my "public diary" (all my privacy settings are set to "friends only"). Whatever I post on my timeline is mostly for myself to commemorate an event and to share it with my buddies who I trust.

Everyone on my friends list is someone who I have close relationships with. I have no virtual friends there, no acquintanances as I don't have an urge to add everyone I've ever known there.

I only add people who I don't have a problem with sharing my personal stuff.


Very sensible. Really, it's not that hard to avoid spending hours on Facebook. 5 years ago at Uni I might have ... but now I rarely visit unless I have a specific need.

Seriously, nobody cares. If you want to get off Facebook, delete your account and shut up. No need to tell us about it, go cry to your hipster/emo friends about it.

I find it funny how people like this guy leave it because it "demands attention" so much. For some reason, it's more of a "problem" and more "invasive" in one's life. The time one is spending to socialize online rather than IRL. While you do that, something is "wrong". More of a problem that needs fixing. I don't know why. Socializing is very important to most of us. We are social creatures. Most of us live to meet people, share insights, and eventually to find a partner. There's nothing here that social networks ruin in this regard -- rather to the contrary. It's a relaxed environment where relationships can form. It's also open enough that if people mess up, relationships can be broken, but this is nowhere near exclusive to computers and the Internet.

I don't feel ashamed, guilty, or sad to admit that social networks are important components of my daily life. It's how I stay in touch with my real-life friends. It's how I met the girl I live with. In the 80's, we did so by telephone and letters, now we do it online. And I think this is a much better world of social networking.

The ONLY disadvantage is that you have to trust a third party, but then again... It's in their best interests to find a sensible balance between privacy and advertisements. Otherwise people will just shy from the network and communicate in another way. Social network users are a very volatile commodity. This is also why Facebook stock is tanking. If there isn't a good business model to back it, or funding coming in another way (Google+ obviously doesn't need to be very successful for Google), the market KNOWS that anything can happen within years. This puts tremendous pressure on these networks to act responsibly with your information and trust. They can't mess up. They don't have the leeway of having a huge scandal on their hands. It wasn't many years ago that we all used MSN. I've recently seen a notable trend of my friends moving from Facebook onto Twitter and Instagram.

Edited by Northgrove, Aug 22 2012, 9:51am :

I think the article touches on broad themes which are the result of the always 'connected' world but nothing really concrete in here so to speak. An interesting topic for thought and discussion though.

AWilliams87 said,
So is facebook the problem, or is it interacting with certain people which is?

What I never understood is how Facebook gets the blame for people's crappy friends. Like it's forcing you to keep them on a list and watch their every waking update and game request.

KSib said,
What I never understood is how Facebook gets the blame for people's crappy friends. Like it's forcing you to keep them on a list and watch their every waking update and game request.

This this this this this!

You can unsubscribe from people that annoy you too, if you're weird and let things like that get under your skin so easily. I guess it's all for the better though because if I had a friend that was easily irritated, I'd probably just want them off Facebook as well. Good riddance and all that.

it took me about 3 hrs to come off facebook - untag every photo , delete photos (even though they still remain on their servers) and delete all my friends. f*** FB. more headache then its worth

tomcoleman said,
it took me about 3 hrs to come off facebook - untag every photo , delete photos (even though they still remain on their servers) and delete all my friends. f*** FB. more headache then its worth

Why didn't you just delete your account? Your friends and presumably all tags would have gone.

tomcoleman said,
it took me about 3 hrs to come off facebook - untag every photo , delete photos (even though they still remain on their servers) and delete all my friends. f*** FB. more headache then its worth

headache why?

tomcoleman said,
it took me about 3 hrs to come off facebook - untag every photo , delete photos (even though they still remain on their servers) and delete all my friends. f*** FB. more headache then its worth

Is it headache for you to have a chat with a friend too?

tomcoleman said,
it took me about 3 hrs to come off facebook - untag every photo , delete photos (even though they still remain on their servers) and delete all my friends. f*** FB. more headache then its worth

well i'm not someone who brainlessy friend anyone or accept request from these kind of people but still i have some occasional managing to do on my fb account: some contacts i don't want to delete but neither want them to check on my posts or photos get the blocked view by the custom share function... some of them i needed to unsubscribe 'cos it gets pretty irritating when some b_tch who didn't had a bone since first grade spends her time posting crappy taglines and quoting coelho; and of course there are some in need of urgent unfriending... other than this light but neccesary management i'm quite fine with FB

thealexweb said,

Why didn't you just delete your account? Your friends and presumably all tags would have gone.

I closed my account once. A year later, I went back on and entered my old username/password. FB popped up with a question asking if I wanted to reactivate my old account. I said yes and every picture and my old friends list was still intact as if I had never left, as were all of my old posts. Closing an account does not truly delete the account.

thealexweb said,

Why didn't you just delete your account? Your friends and presumably all tags would have gone.

Facebook does not allow you to delete your account. You can only deactivate it. What you need to do is to untag everything and delete all your posts and pictures which can be laborious.

tecknotot said,

Facebook does not allow you to delete your account. You can only deactivate it. What you need to do is to untag everything and delete all your posts and pictures which can be laborious.

Sounds like the same scenario to Neowin, you have no right to be forgotten xD