Why I Kicked Facebook to the Curb
For seven years I had an active Facebook page.
My roommates talked me into joining while I was at college even though I didn't really have much to do with the internet before that and then I was hooked. I wasn't like one of those crazy Facebookers that play all the games and post a new status each time they enter and leave a room but I did keep my friends and family up to date and probably posted a new status once a day and maybe a few new pictures each week.
But due to come recent changes in our lives I decided that it was best that I "give up" Facebook. (At least as much as I can since I still need to be able to share our articles on our LHL Facebook page!) I firmly believe in leading as simple of a life as I possibly can, which is why I wrote my book 31 Days to Simpler Living, so that you can too! One night I deleted all my photos from Facebook and gave a short explanation to friends and family what was going on and that there would be no more pictures from me on Facebook for these reasons:
1. Facebook's privacy is a joke. No matter what you have your settings at the public can still see pictures, what you like, and everything. I take my online security very seriously so this was not cool with me!
2. Facebook is addicting. You may not think it is but try and quit and then see how you feel.
3. Facebook is just weird. Before I stopped using the personal side of Facebook I often thought about how odd it was to be this connected with certain people that I don't even have a real life relationship with people.
I didn't want to be completely disconnected with my out of town family though so I added them all to my private blogger blog. Did you know you can set up a free blog on blogger? You can even make it completely private so your readers have to sign in through their email accounts to read. Much better privacy settings then leaving everything exposed to the public!
Since I stopped using Facebook I will tell you that it hasn't always been easy. I snap pictures I think I should upload or something happens and my brain automatically goes to a status post. And I didn't even use Facebook that much! The first few days were hard but now I'm totally enjoying my Facebook free life!
I also mentioned in the title of this post that I don't have a smartphone either.
I used to.
I had the smartphone for a full contract term, 2 years. During that 2 years I paid $30 a month for an unlimited data package which I almost never used, maybe to check my email here and there. After a while I started to feel like I did with Facebook...too connected. We decided to cancel it after the 2 year contract was up.
For something I hardly used and really just made me uncomfortable we spent $720 on over 2 years!! That's insane!
This article might seem off topic but I wanted to share with you something that I did to simplify my life. I don't regret doing either of these things and they have made our lives better because of it! What you decide to do with this info will be up to you.
But don't forget that if you do decide to go off Facebook make sure you sign up for the Little House Living emails so you still get all these ideas sent right to your inbox!
Update: I wrote this article 3 years ago and I will admit, I've fallen back into the Facebook trap a few times here and there over the years but never to the extent of how I was before. Now I've finally discovered how to post on Facebook to my blog page without actually being on my personal page (Hootsuite). I also still do not have a smartphone. A decision which has been a conintuous blessing in my life as we go into an even more technologically advanced age. Neither decision is something that I regret doing.
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