Sunday 24 March 2013 I closed my Facebook account. Here are my reasons for exiting the Book Of Face:

  1. I’ve been thinking of closing Facebook for almost a year now. The only thing that prevented me from doing so was the CrocheTime page. I had 1000 likes on the page, but due to Facebook’s algorithms, less than 200 people actually viewed the updates I posted on the Page. My blog gets more hits per day (around 400), so what’s the point of having the Page? As soon as I figured this out, I realised there was no reason to keep my Facebook account.
  2. Facebook was turning me into a nosey, stalker type person. I don’t want to be that kind of person.
  3. I had people in my Friend list that I barely know in person, and some I have never even met, yet they were filling my newsfeed with things I’m really not interested in.
  4. I’m a big believer in the notion that people come into our lives with a purpose, and when that purpose is fulfilled they leave. We all feel a bond with people at a certain time in your life, but as you grow older, you change and they change and then you naturally go your separate ways. I’m not talking of only man-woman relationships, but friendships, colleagues and neighbours too. Facebook was keeping people in my life that I have moved on from.
  5. The amount of advertising, suggested posts, suggested pages and just general rubbish I couldn’t hide from my newsfeed, was getting more and more, and more and more irritating;
  6. I was judging people based on their activities/photos/friends on Facebook. I don’t want to be that kind of person.
  7. My Facebook visits weren’t making me happy or inspiring me. In fact it became irritating and draining, yet I felt compelled to go back. Again and again just in case I missed something.  I don’t want to be that kind of person.
  8. I was spending too much time thinking “Ooh, how can I word this situation/conversation so that it would be a good status update” and taking photos of things so that I could post it on Facebook, in stead of actually enjoying that situation/conversation and appreciating the scenery.
  9. WordPress Reader, Pinterest and Instagram are filled with like-minded individuals so I would like to spend more time on these websites.
  10. There are other ways of keeping in touch with friends. Ways that don’t include strangers and the people in no. 4, knowing what I get up to.

Sorry Facebook, this isn’t working any more. It’s time for me to move on.

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