Why I Kicked Facebook to the Curb (And Why I Don’t Have a Smart Phone Either!)

by Merissa on January 14, 2013

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For seven years I had an active Facebook page.

7 Years!

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!) So one night I deleted all my photos 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!

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1 Julie January 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

Great post!!

Recently, I started stepping waaaay back from Facebook, it has been a blessing! I never realized how much time I spent on there until I stopped. Absentmindedly I’d check Facebook without giving it much thought. That’d turn into 20 minutes of time on there.

I do have a smartphone and deleted the FB app off. What peace!! I still find my smartphone useful. If I need a store coupon or have to look up a recipe quick on the go, it’s helpful. For me, Facebook was the biggest time waster and joy stealer in my life.

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2 Analisa January 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

I got rid of my facebook in October and it brought such peace to my life!!

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3 Missy January 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

My husband and I deleted Facebook two years ago and never looked back. I was amazed at how much I didn’t miss it.

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4 Heidi January 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I have gone off Facebook a number of times but always end back on. There are a few people who I just love to stay in contact with and see all of their pictures. I really missed that. I would love to be off for good but have not had the courage to do it yet.

On the other hand I have NEVER had a cellphone let alone a smartphone. I am in my early 30′s. I have never sent a text and I don’t want to. I cannot stand how rude it makes people. Texting at the Thanksgiving dinner table is NOT okay. Sadly I could see myself doing something like that so it is better that I stay cellphone free. I was talking to my hubby this morning and I estimated that I had saved over $6000 by not having a cellphone.

People ask me all the time how I have time to homeschool my 4 kids, garden, can, make soap, make our bread, sew, make all of our household cleaners, and keep a semi- tidy house. We have no TV, no cell phone, I teach my kids how to work with me, and I spend limited time on the computer. It is all about priorities.

BTW I made your cheese crackers this weekend. My family ate the whole batch in 1 sitting. My husband even ran to the store to buy pepper jack and sharp cheddar to make more. My kids renamed them Puff-ups. Thanks for the recipe. Another item I can forever cross off my grocery list. That makes me very happy.

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5 Lana January 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I stick with Facebook because otherwise I would never know what is going on with our adult children. The reason I got on Facebook was to see pictures of our out of state grandchildren. I feel the same as you do about many things about Facebook but I find it very valuable for keeping up with family. I really do not see myself getting a smartphone but my kids are really trying to talk me into it.

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6 Karen December 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

I like my facebook for the very fact I can keep up with family and friends since we don’t live as close anymore. I am pretty much homebound and grandkids/friends living too far away I love hearing from my adult children as often as I do and love the pics. However, that being said it is a shame about the privacy issue but realistically do any of us really have any privacy?

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7 Tina January 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I just cancelled my cellphone. It has been freeing—I don’t have to remember it when I go places, I’m not talking while driving, etc. Still have my hubby’s because of our business so I can use it if taking big trip and wanting piece of mind. I love it….my friends/family think I’m weird though—and folks think it won’t last. Me…I don’t miss it!

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8 Jo January 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I have to ask– through what company did you get $30 for unlimited data on a smartphone? the cheapest i have seen around here is $45 on a pay as you go phone. i am using an old, uncool flip phone that i actually like, but this $60 phone bill for the limited use of it I have/need has to change!
And I love the idea of deleting facebook! We all know what a black hole of time it is, but you also mentioned some very important privacy issues that will only be more important in the future, Lord willing.

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9 Merissa January 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

It was through Verizon but it was back before they changed around that whole unlimited thing.

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10 herdmgr February 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I totally agree! I have an ‘OLD’ Nokia Tracfone and spend $20.00 every 3 mos. to keep it activated. I rarely talk and only text when needed. They have other plans but this works for me…….just FYI.

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11 Joseph Anderson December 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

Herdmgr-

Check out Page Plus. They have totally affordable plans and you can get 500MB 1200 voice and 3000 texts per month. If you just want a cell phone “just in case” go with the $12 plan, 10MB 250 voice and 250 text. You can get this plan on any cell phone, including 4G if you get it flashed. They do NOT have 4G service, but 3G has always been plenty fast for me. They run off of Verizon’s towers. If you want even better deals try Kitty Wireless.

I’m simply a very satisfied customer and I am very happy with their service. I used to be with Stealrizon and paid $120-150 per month for two smartphones… now I pay $60 or even $42.

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12 Alison Bayne January 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

No smartphones in this household – I am on the internet quite enough as it is!
And I am taking the plunge and closing my facebook account now. Thanks for giving me the push to do this!

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13 Kathryn January 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I have been off FB for awhile now. I did find out that deactivating and deleting FB accounts are two different things. It’s a “roundabout” way to delete it and it takes two weeks for them to get rid of everything. If you deactivate, they keep everything you have on there and just hide it. I couldn’t tell you now how to do it, but a web search should bring up directions to delete.

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14 RevAllyson January 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I use my smartphone for work (my own work mind you, but it’s still work *chuckle*) so it’s not going anywhere. But FaceBook is something I use for a few minutes a day to check on my daughter (who lives far away) and to see how some old friends are doing. Unlike most, though, I think I’ve met 85% of my “friends” on there, face to face. More than half are people local to me. If you add in my relations (both blood and heart) I’d put the number at 75%. :) I did get addicted to it for a while, played games and such. I don’t do it anymore. I’m just not interested! But I like to see how my kid is doing, see her photographs, chat with her from time to time. :) And it can be a decent business tool (for a variety of reasons!).

Now… I could ditch cable without a blink, but the rest of the family would have fits. Cell phones are a necessity both for me and hubby (I use it both for blogging and for my ministry work, and he’s a programmer and uses it for programming), so that won’t ever go. But our kids don’t have phones (I know kids who, at age 7 like ours, are already phone owners!), nor will they until they are MUCH older. They have restricted television access. They have chores. They are on the local swim team and take karate. They garden in the summer, and shovel snow and stack wood in the winter. *shrug* They don’t seem to miss the DS or whatever the latest game system is. :)

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15 lisalynn January 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hello,
loved your post. I too quit Fb ( do you still have a blog FB page ?)
I left b/c of the privacy issues . I hate that some sites Only use FB link to post comments..
I am a 51 yr old mom & grandmom.. I love reading the blogs of young moms & their out & out devotion to family & home ! there is hope yet for a country that
still has some with their priorities straight :-)
I was a single mom, had to use daycare & later when we married ( 26 yrs ago ) I provided daycare.. so I have been on both sides so to speak . with out a doubt being a sahm is the best for the kids..
since the arrival of our 2 nd daughter 16 yrs ago I have been a sahm… & love it. we also home educate & that has been a blessing far more then we ever imagined.
anyway.. just wanted to let you & those young mothers like you who speak out for HOMEmakers.. cuz that is what we do.. make a house a home..
God Bless, Lisalynn

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16 Heidi January 15, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thank you for your post. It is encouraging to hear a perspective from the end of the journey of home educating and being a sahm. Do you remember the days when you wondered if it was going to make any difference? Being counter culutural is sometimes so difficult. Thank you again.

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17 Deb January 14, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I don’t agree with not having a cell phone in this day and age.. It most definitely is not safe to be without one. Our kids got one when they started driving, not texts just in case of emergency. One daughter called to report her own auto accident. So never be without one and if God forbid, something happen to your child they can track there whereabouts if the phone is on. No smartphone here but do text to keep in touch with 2 kids. So much cheaper for long distance phone calls too with a cell. No need for landlines anymore. FB allows me to read many blogs to learn self sustainability subjects. I NEVER hvae played games and won’t as I spend time just trying to make a living. No time for games that play at life.

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18 LeAnne January 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

My husband and I have a FB account, mostly to keep connected with out of state family. We realized between our 2 cell/smart phones and internet we were paying almost $2200/year! We gave up our smartphones and found a FABULOUS compromise to a cell phone. Verizon has a home phone line option that is $19.99 per month. But, because it runs off of a device that is similar to a hot spot, you can take it with you anywhere! I can’t text or send pics, and I do get crazy looks when people see me talking on a corded phone when I wander through the store, but who cares! :o)

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19 Rhonda January 15, 2013 at 3:46 am

Great article! With all these gadgets to make our life easy-easier, it does not. More people are stressed and always in a hurry. I got a cell phone in 2001 when I started trucking. Still have a cell phone as it is my security and you never know when 9-1-1 needs to be called or other numbers. Pay phones are extinct or almost and that is why I keep mine. I do not understand why people have to talk all the time on one.

Facebook is my way to stay connected to family, friends, and much more. I have cut back on my usage to it.

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20 Trina January 15, 2013 at 5:27 am

I’m so glad to read this post! I have often felt very alone in my decision to not own a smart phone. So many people I know think I am quite odd to not make this leap. I just truly hate being a slave to my phone. I was just thinking this morning that at the end of the month my contract is up and wondering if I should take the plunge. Your post has reminded me why I would be so unhappy if I did. Yesterday I deleted my facebook account for all of the reasons you mentioned. Personally, I take the title of “friend” seriously and so many of the people on my account, even though I knew them once in my life, I would not consider them a friend. I don’t like how so many people on FB represent themselves and their life as perfect which would leave me feeling less than adequate.

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21 Louine January 15, 2013 at 7:13 am

I have never had a face book account…..I just don’t understand the concept……my sister keeps saying —it is great to keep up with family and reconnect with friends….I keep up with family through snail mail and email…..I am connected to all those that I consider important from my previous years through email and snail mail……if they aren’t important enough already be keeping up with, then way would I want to try to connect to them in such a public way……I’m proud of you…..think that you made the wise decision.
I do have a smart phone though but because my daughter is miles and states away it is a way for us to text and talk so that we maintain our closeness plus we have two homes and I depend on the smart phone at one of the houses.

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22 Jean January 15, 2013 at 8:26 am

I cancelled my Facebook page over 2 years ago …… what a relief. Have NEVER missed it. I keep up with my family and friends by email or write them a letter and mail it along with pictures.
I do have a smart phone, it is an older phone, I pay $12 a month which gives me 250 talk minutes 250 texts and 10mb of data (which is not alot and only used for sending/receiving picture texts) but I only use the phone as a phone/texting and to sync my calendar to my main calendar, which is a must for me I am so forgetful. I only ever surfed one time on the data and that was just a real quick look for a business phone number. The phone can be used to surf on wifi instead of cell data which is nice.

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23 pat January 15, 2013 at 9:20 am

I do not have a cell phone of any kind. I still use the old fashioned plug in phone. I am on facebook for only one reason to make sure my family is okay.
All I post are things that you can read in any magazine or news paper etc and my family does like wise.That is how we know each other is well.

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24 Crytal January 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

I did the same thing as you Melissa. I decided I didn’t want my life being public anymore and yes Facebook and other social media are VERY addictive! I did try to reactivate my Facebook account simply to view pages I liked and I only had litterly a few friends, one of them being my boyfriend. I had deleted all my pictures, profile and everything so that there was no info on me. But even after doing that I decided it was just a waste of time. So diactivated once again. I also now enjoy a Facebook free life! I do have an older Iphone 3gs, and I did have a game on it that I discovered I was playing CONSTANTLY. Do I deleted it. I’m now determined to become “unplugged” from technology at home as much as possible (I’m writing this at my work) LOL! I’m starting to discover that it was better when I was little and there were no cell phone (well maybe car phones), no internet, no cable tv, none of that. I played outside all the time and went camping at recreational events with my family. Those were the best times. That’s what I want to get back to.

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25 Mike January 15, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I found this extremely helpful. I would totally agree on many points. However I find it very strange that your opposed to Facebook, yet has of today you still use Facebook Page for Little House Living. LOL. Not judging. Just pointing out a discrepancy in thinking. https://www.facebook.com/LittleHouseLiving

My wife and I enjoy your Site. Lots of useful info. Keep up the good work.

God Bless.

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26 Merissa January 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I still use Facebook for business but not my PERSONAL page :)

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27 Chrissy January 16, 2013 at 6:57 am

I do not have a smart phone any longer either. I found it too expensive for what I used it for also. I do use Facebook to keep in contact with friends and family. I am though careful on what I post on there. I do not spend as much time as I did before on there. I am trying live drama free.

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28 Shar January 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm

After reading your post I deleted people I went to school with and never see or if I do see them at the grocery store they don’t even know who I am. So I hit that delete button a lot. I also thought of what you said about the privacy issues. I am not getting off of FB completely because I want to stay connected with out of state family and our BSA troop family. But, I will be deleting personal info and start making better choices on FB. Thanks for the push in the right direction. ALso, we don’t have smart phones – just old flip phones to communicate with the immediate family. Thanks for all you do!!

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29 Glenda January 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Thank you for such an interesting blog. I have never been on Facebook and don’t intend to venture there. I keep getting their annoying announcements that someone wants to be my friend, of which I delete immediately. Obviously, my e-mail was given to them through the other person.

We just got new Droid phones and I do not like them. We keep in touch with our adult children via text this way, but they are just another expense I sincerely wish we did not have. You are a very wise person!

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30 Jenna January 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I have a minutes hone, through Net10, and that is only because my daughter has seizures. This alone saved me 60 a month. I pay 20 dollars for 60 days. I do not upload pictures onto Facebook. I like haing that hang out, to get ahold of people, but frankly, I use my account for blog updates, such as yours. It was freeing when I started using it for a personnal reminder then getting invilved with it. We also ditched the dish. We have a Roku– but for the most part all the locals are off from an antenna–I decided I was overloaded.. once we got rid of the dish it was amazing how much time we had to do other things– like family games, which we are doing about three times a week now.

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31 Merissa January 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

We love family game nights!

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32 Amy January 26, 2013 at 7:24 am

I noticed this as well and ditched facebook. I am so glad I did I don’t miss it either.

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33 colleen February 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

I have fb but I am not addicted to it at all because I rarely post anything of interest and very honestly, I don’t think it should be anyone’s business what I am doing at any given moment of the day, but I totally understand that its addictive and can take over your life. Unfortunately my children (teenagers) ARE addicted and its causing many problems in my household. I just realized because of the posts and comments before mine that I can (dah) block my children from visiting fb from our home computer. One problem down! Great posts and thanks for this!

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34 Jana February 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

This post has really been whittling away at me. I have wanted to give up FB, the people, the post the attitudes and for me the waist of time. I am a recent grandma and after 24 years of stay at home wife mother ad homeschooler I am finding myself in a situation I hadn’t planned on. Divorced, so i do spend to much time on FB mainly waisting it!!! I am starting ot rather trying to get a home business started, growing and selling plants from my garden, herbs and house plants. I’ve been told FB can help me get my word out but something in side just keeps telling me NO! There has to be other ways? I don’t know

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35 Merissa February 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I personally think Facebook is ok for business. It’s basically just another advertising method and a good way to connect with your followers/buyers. It’s the personal posting that really sucks you in!

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36 Amy Unruh February 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

I gave up Facebook over a year ago and haven’t looked back. I gave up my smartphone at about the same time. I don’t really miss it. Sometimes I think the new features are cool, but when I realized how much my family is caught up in technology (so much so that I had a nephew practically ignoring us while playing games on the computer, a niece who hugged me quickly and then went back to her phone, though thankfully, she put it away after several minutes and started connecting with us, and a sister and brother-in-law who had to show my parents all of the cool things about their phones instead of just relaxing and being with the family without talking about their phones for once), I realized how disconnected we are from people. Facebook would constantly make me angry because of the crass things I often saw, and though it connected me to family and friends I rarely see, they were often the ones posting offensive items. So when Facebook refused to take down pages that advocate and make fun of violence against women (specifically rape), I’d had enough. It does make life more peaceful. The Amish really do have something there is cutting themselves off from the modern world. Every piece of technology we get rid of makes our world that much more peaceful. That is why God didn’t invent technology. I’m now seriously thinking about making candles our soul source of lighting (starting out a few times a week maybe) to see how we feel vs. when we use electricity.

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37 Sarah February 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

Thank you for posting this article. I never thought about giving up fb but reading your article gave me good reasons to give it up. For me I realized I was connecting more with those on fb and not working on the relationships with people I was really close to. Also it was a big timewaster.Thanks for being honest and writing about this.

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38 Wendy February 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

I recently liberated myself from Facebook and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! I totally agree with your description of it as ” just weird”!

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39 Bonnie Allen February 18, 2013 at 8:10 am

I don’t think there is anything wrong with either FB or smart phones. They don’t control you. You choose how and when you use them. If I spent just 5 minutes with every member of my family that I communicate with through facebook, it would eat up my entire week! Now I can post how we are doing, everyone see’s it if they are on and I don’t worry that I’ve forgotten anyone. I also find alot of good recipes, quotes, ideas on FB. I’ve spent more time today, just reading these responses than I do on FB. The internet has opened up many ways of communicating and posts like this are one just as FB and smart phones are. As with everything else in life, use with moderation.

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40 kevin February 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Merissa – Great topic! I’ll be in the minority here and say that I really enjoy having a personal Facebook page as well as a business one. Yes, the privacy stuff lacks. I do not like it if I want to make a “political post” to just one friend, that everyone would see it. So I just restrain myself and don’t do it. But to me Facebook is what you make it, I’ve never found it terribly addicting. It has been so wonderful to reconnect, even if it is at arm’s length, with old friends who I probably would have lost touch with forever. I think Facebook is what you make of it, it can be an addictive time suck or a great way to stay connected…and, ah, I was going to send you a friend request, I guess I’ll scratch that!:) Again, great topic, love your site! – Kevin

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41 Merissa February 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Oh feel free to friend request me, just don’t expect to see any status updates or pics:) Less clutter in your feed!

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42 Janette Wischerath February 18, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Hi!
Great post! Refreshing to hear how many others are removing things from their lives as we all aim to simplify.
My husband is serving in Afghanistan. The minute he returns, our personal Facebook pages will be finished in our home. Business must remain, however. For the past 5 years, however, it has been one of the few ways we have been able to stay connected, and family has been able to keep him updated.
Janette

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43 Chris February 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Decent article. Regarding privacy, anyone who interacts in anyway on the Internet only has the illusion of privacy. Anything online can be accessed if someone really wants to access it. I generally try to follow the principle that if one doesn’t want something on the front page of the newspaper then one probably shouldn’t post it anywhere, private blog or not. :)
I’ve been able to secure my FB in a way that keeps what I want where I want it… Took some work… then again I’ve been an IT professional for over 15 years so maybe that background helps a little. FB could certainly make it easier to keep things private but again back to my original post about the illusion of privacy. Best Regards!

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44 Momma August 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I have been keeping myself from deleting folks, but your article has inspired me. If someone does not acknowledge me in a store, delete. I honestly believe this next year will be mostly me saving pictures I have saved on FB, and then deleting it for good. I also want to get away from the smart phone. We ditched verizon after they changed their plans away from unlimited, but would not allow us to upgrade, or even buy a new phone off of say, ebay, and activate w/out changing our plan to their ‘limited’ data. We now do prepay and save a hundred a month. But if we went no smart phones at all, that would save us another $45. Thanks for the inspiration!

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45 Merissa August 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm

You can do it!

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46 Morgan December 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

I haven’t had a cell phone for years. People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that I don’t have one. I use to have one and I never used it. I’m a SAHM. If you need me, call the house. If I’m not home, I am probably doing something with my family and don’t want to be interrupted. Or I’m enjoying a peaceful, child-free trip to the grocery store and I still don’t want to be interrupted. I can’t kick the Facebook habit, though. It’s the only way I stay in touch with half of my friends and family!

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47 Mary December 12, 2013 at 9:31 am

I keep up with Facebook to stay in touch with family & friends that live out of the area. I recently sold my business and retired. When I did, the first thing I did was go to my cell carrier and get rid of my smart phone and go to a prepaid plan. I now have a little “dumb phone,” and I can talk, send pics and text for $35 a month. I also had my number changed. We don’t have a land line at home, so a cell is a must, but I must admit, I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who was feeling a bit too connected. I’m not sorry I did, either!

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48 Tammy December 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm

No smart phone, limited Facebook (there are important people in my life that I keep facebook for) and NO TV! I feel the tv is more insidious and worse for you than the other two combined. I gave away my tv over 10 years ago and haven’t missed it for a second!

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49 Jane December 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

My cell phone only makes calls and receives calls. No camera, no text and no data. I deactivated my personal FB last month. I made a “dummy” facebook page so I could follow all the great blogs like this one! Our TV only gets one channel and we watch the news and that is it. I would love to homeschool, but we are still working that out.

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50 Katie December 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Great post.
I only recently purchased my smartphone. I did this in leu of a tablet since my home computer is dying. Since I am very heavy email user (did I mention 7 accounts?) I needed something for home use. But some peoples addiction to face book prevents them from using for connectivity.
Love your blog and have it bookmarked.

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51 Tauna Grinager December 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Facebook has introduced me to some wonderful families that are rounding out our homeschooling experience. Some are local that we see in person, some are far away, but feel very connected. I’m able to find and join many groups that discuss subjects I’m passionate about…I get new ideas and new information all the time, some of which don’t seem to exist elsewhere. My recent horse addition is a slaughter-bound rescue that I wouldn’t have known about, or been pulled by her picture, if it hadn’t been for Facebook. As for privacy, nothing we ever do is ever assured of privacy outside of our own homes. Especially anything, anywhere on the internet! Never type anything that you wouldn’t mind anyone reading. As for smartphones…we’ve got them. They’re really handy for my work – makes it easy to communicate with my clients, take & send pictures, etc. And being able to look up anything anytime is so helpful. I used to have to print out maps every time I went to a new client, a new place, etc. Now I can set those addresses in my phone, touch it and get easy directions, with alternatives if the traffic is bad. I can look up a place to eat, with reviews, anytime I’m in a new area. Having a smartphone is a wonderous thing when on vacation in a new place! It’s not like we can’t live without these things, but I’m enjoying them!

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52 Kris December 14, 2013 at 6:55 am

I deleted my Facebook account entirely THREE TIMES before I finally gave it up for good. I got fed up with the privacy issue…how they continued to make changes that pushed everything to be public. It seemed you had to work harder at locking your account down, than making it public.

I also got fed up with the fact that it had taken over my life. I, too, don’t like being that controlled by something. I have a fake account I use to enter giveaways and following blogs. This way, I have no ‘friends’. The ‘addiction’ feeling is not there like it was with ‘friends’.

It’s amazing how those ‘friends’ I did have on Facebook dried up and disappeared when I deleted my personal account. I’m not saying they were not really concerned about me, and maybe they sincerely liked me, but I have absolutely no contact with them now that I am off of Facebook. Does that mean that it wasn’t real? I don’t know. Social Media is strange.

I’m more inclined to do things with real friends now that I no longer have ‘virtual’ friends I socialize online with.

I feel as though a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders since I’ve deleted my personal Facebook account.

Thanks for your post.

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53 Pam December 15, 2013 at 6:01 am

I enjoy FB because I can read all about things that interest me and have liked the page (including yours)! Do I spend a lot of time there? Yes, but I’m reading about things I enjoy. Plus I keep up with friends and family. I’ve gotten the best recipes and ideas from it! Now smartphones are another subject – I’m thinking about getting a phone without data after my contract expires because the plans are crazy expensive!

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54 Pamela December 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

I got drawn into FB when I joined a homeschool co-op that uses it primarily for members to hear about updates, field trips etc. I used it about 9 months. Then, I started to delete almost all interest posts and “friends” even in co-op that did not have the time to speak to me in person! I am only keeping it for the co-op connection when we don’t have co-op. Co-op only runs 16 weeks out of the year. I recently decided to deactivate my account year-round except for the time period around these weeks. I find myself not being drawn into a very active field trip temptations that really do not fit our home education goals. The others probably find this odd. Oh well.
Our household uses trac phones for drivers only. My son and I do not use it at all while driving. My husband does for business reasons though. When I call him I keep my talks very short.
Many years ago, we made the decision not to have any gaming technology.
We have had to purge it even from home computers. Because of this our oldest son has become very literate. He is a Business Communication major. He loves books and reading. He was not “allowed”
to have FB until he was 19 years old. He was addicted to it for a while, but is now more balanced with it. FB was developed for college age students. I think it best to leave it after those years for the most part. Our younger son, who is 16 does not have a cell phone, game system, or FB. He is running his own micro-business. He fixes snow blowers, tractors, lawn mowers, generators, and most small engines. He is even thinking of “inventions” in his “shop” in our garage. He is highly valued in our neighbor hood for his expertise! What wonderful fun for him!

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55 V. Stoen June 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

4 years ago my husband and I dropped Facebook and didn’t look back ! We don’t trust anybody that steals ideas from others ( his classmate ) to gain fame for himself . If he could do this , then what could he do with our Facebook info. It all gives me the heebie jeebies !

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56 Helen Thomas June 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I don’t have a smartphone for the exact same reason. I just dislike the idea of being constantly connected. Everyone I know who has one is on it all the time. They have to check their FB, emails, check in at every single place they go. Gives me the willies! I’m quite proud of my basic flip phone that doesn’t even have a camera

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