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What Happens When You Quit Social Media? 6 Things I Learned

Akshata Shanbhag Updated 11-12-2018

In 2013, I deleted all of my social media accounts. Now, years later, I’m glad I took that “extreme” step. If you’re planning to quit social media yourself, you might have questions about what comes next. Speaking from my own experience, here’s what you can expect.


1. Unexpected Reactions

When I quit social media, I encountered extremes of reactions from friends and strangers alike. First, there was genuine concern from people who wondered if something had gone wrong in my digital life. A few people thought I was being contrary and tried to either cajole or coerce me into returning. I also received scornful looks and you-will-be-back-in-a-week smirks.

That I was more willing to meet people in person got ignored. That I refused to “stop being antisocial” online was the topic of never-ending debate.

Now that social media detoxes have caught on How to Do a Social Media Detox (and Why You Should Right Away) A social media detox might sound like a punishment; but if it does, there's a really good chance you need one. Here are the signs you need a detox and how to do it. Read More , you’ll probably have to deal with far fewer polarizing reactions than I did. Some people might even appreciate your decision and draw inspiration to get off social media themselves.

In any case, eventually, those around you will accept your decision or at least, their reactions won’t affect you one way or the other. Be sure to have a standard line ready to explain your absence from social media while making small talk.

2. Feeling Directionless Online

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Every time you open your browser, you might be at a loss to decide what to do. You won’t know where to go next, because your go-to web hangouts—Facebook and Twitter—are gone. But don’t worry. This won’t last long, because you’ll soon discover distractions of a different kind. You might even find more time to learn a new hobby. I latched on to interesting newsletters and feeds as a replacement for social media.

Planning to quit social media to avoid information overload? Watch out for the continued temptation of social networking sites like Twitter and Instagram. These sites let you browse their contents without an account.

3. Being Out of the Loop

You know those moments when everybody knows what’s going on and you’re the only clueless person around? Expect many more of them.

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Want to see your best friend’s vacation photos? You’ll have to wait for her to mail them to you. It’s not like you can log in to Facebook or Instagram yourself to see them, can you? Meanwhile, everyone you know has seen them already.

To counter the fear of missing out, you might increase your activity on group messaging apps like Hangouts and WhatsApp. You’ll also need to find alternative, sometimes old-school ways to keep in touch with friends and family. Keep in mind that the solutions need to be convenient for both parties.

4. Limited Access to Certain Sites

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Only when you have deleted your Facebook and Twitter accounts will you grasp the extent to which the web depends on these social media giants The Top 20 Social Media Apps and Sites in 2019 Are you addicted to social media and networking? Here's our list of the top social media apps and sites in 2019. Read More .


You might have to forgo many interesting services for the sole reason that you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter login to sign up for an account. What happened to good old email signups?

5. Derailed Job Searches

Job hunts are the worst hit by the lack of a social media presence. Awesome social media skills seems like a permanent fixture in job descriptions these days. It’s a pity that social media skills are at times considered more important than the technical skills you need to fulfill a role.

Staying up-to-date on LinkedIn, participating in Twitter chats, joining discussions in Facebook groups; these definitely open up more opportunities to get ahead in your career. (That’s not a bad thing at all.) Naturally, you might feel tempted to resurrect your social media profiles.

6. More Headspace

I have saved the best for last. When you quit social media and get past the first few months of withdrawal symptoms, you’ll begin to enjoy the headspace you have reclaimed.


Life without social media can be quite peaceful. No more hate-filled comments, political rants, inane quotes, and toxic acquaintances to deal with on a daily basis. Also, you’ll have fewer social media-related security nightmares to worry about.

The biggest gain is the automatic shift in focus from what everyone else is doing to what you’re doing. You score the mental bandwidth you need to do deep work.

Sure, you’ll want to binge on social media feeds a few times a year. Don’t feel guilty when that happens. Indulge yourself occasionally. Seeing the same old stuff you wanted to escape in the first place will put the situation in perspective for you.

When It Comes to Social Media, Never Say Never

You’ll have to stay prepared to jump back into social media because some aspect of your work might demand it. See if you can find a suitable workaround instead.

If not, think of social media as a means to an end and do what you can to make social networks help you at work. At the same time, don’t be afraid to cut down on your social media commitments if they’re detracting from your actual work.

I recreated a couple of social media accounts myself for various reasons. But I promptly deleted them within a few days because I didn’t want to get caught up in a digital whirlwind again.

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Many people thrive on and enjoy the kind of dynamic, fast-paced interaction that social media provides. But for many others, social media can have negative effects.

As I see it, there are no definitive right or wrong approaches to social media. There are only those that work or don’t work for you.

Of course, it’s still worth considering if we’re better off without social media. If you think we are and would like to opt out of this mammoth part of the attention economy, here’s how to delete your entire social media presence How to Erase Your Social Media Presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat You've decided to delete your social media accounts? Here's how to delete Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Read More .

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  1. Juliet
    November 9, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    The best thing I ever did was give it up entirely.
    I didn't grow up with social media, it wasn't around until college for me. At first, it seemed like a good way to keep up with family and friends...
    spoiler alert, it's not.
    Life was better before social media and life goes back to that happy place when you delete it.
    What about keeping up? The people who realy matter to me will text announcements, baby pictures, etc. which in reality for most people is about ten to twenty people max, with about 5 of those 20 being TRULY close friends, not the 900 friends on FB and Instaheadache. The other 880 are really not your friends and seeing their new kitchen door or meal is taking valuable time away from the real 5 friends, plus family, that you actually have.
    What about future employers? If the company is that into social media then I cross it off my list as a potentially healthy place to work. I have enough skills to work where I want and my desire is to work towards a less stressful future for me and my children. It's the company that needs to impress me to have me on their team- as it should be.

  2. Knoxxi
    October 7, 2019 at 12:50 am

    This sounds so depressing eww.

    I limit myself on social media but I don’t delete. It’s good to balance: get on for a while and then get off.

    • Me
      December 19, 2019 at 3:11 am

      Never ever joined. Saw ALL THE PROBLEMS when MySpace & Bebo first came on the scene. Only thing different is it is far, far worse than I'd imagined it way back then.

      And, it isn't Social Media... it really is Anti Social Media.

  3. Lilygrace
    July 1, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Love this article!
    I deactivated Facebook for 4 weeks now. I feel better and at ease with myself. I got a lot of things done and spent more time reading and meet friends in person. I would like to continue living my private-unassuming life

  4. Sérgio
    March 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Hello: In last september I got disconnected (without deleting it) from Facebook due to the enormous polarized discussion about the presidential elections in Brazil, as it was making me really sick. I just stayed in Instagram. After the elections (in october, 30rd), I decided to delete all my social media for good. I have to say I´ve never feel better. Social Media treat us as products, not as real people. So, for me staying on top of what my real friends are doing through social media is unnecessary, as I can ask them directly, without the intermediation of Zuckerberg´s tool of evil. There is freedom outside social media. So, I encourage everyone to delete them for good.

  5. Don
    January 4, 2019 at 4:17 am

    Well thought, enjoyable article. I continue to attemp to focus on that which brings value in both professional and personal context. Definitely need time for deep thinking and no thinking at all. Now I continue to hone and refine my news and curated content feeds, blogs and podcasts, again to bring value, insight and growth in those areas of importance. The sum many times is not greater than the whole.

    For what it’s worth, my exit message to FB, below. Exited stage right 1/2/19.

    Goodbye Facebook, at least for awhile. I may find a use for you down the road. The people who are close, will remain so. Those who aren’t, will be just fine. Those who think they are but aren’t really, I would be happy to have a cup of coffee or perhaps something with a bit more kick to really get to know you. Nothing behind this other than my own personal journey of discovery; enhancing and building on those relationships which mean the most and becoming the best man, husband, father, grandfather, friend and human being I can, simplifying and clearing that which I find distracting. I leave this not to impart any sense of self-importance or humble brag but simply to acknowledge the people who truly live behind the FB posts — the good, bad and real life lived beyond the number of likes, comments and shares. All the best to 2019 and beyond.

  6. Diane Barbe
    January 2, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    I loved your article. I was only on FB, but realized I didn’t need to see yet another selfie of a narcissistic cousin or learn every detail about a co-workers Disney vacation with her precocious kids.

    I need to take care of me. I guess that is my resolution for 2019!

    Thank you for the words of encouragement!

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      January 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

      Thank you :) And good luck with your resolution, Diane.

  7. SloanTech7236
    December 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    I have FB and Twitter accounts but have never been a very active user - just don't see the point. Yeah, it's nice to keep up with family since my closest relatives are 1100 miles away but I'd rather talk to them on the phone or text with them.
    I think by avoiding social media (or quitting altogether) most people, especially teens, would experience a huge spike in self-esteem and, as you point out, would find far more worthwhile endeavors to occupy their time. God forbid, read a book and/or develop a new skill.

  8. Thomas Cole
    December 25, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Social media is an addiction and should be treated as so. Try quitting and soon you will find that same ridicule that you get when you quit drinking or drugs that causes even the hardened most person to start again. Your friends are all there, just like that old pub. There is that person who you talk to everyday, in other cases you would be sharing a needle with him.
    Facebook, by design, reminds me of the TV show "Cheers". I keep waiting for everyone to yell "Norm" when someone pops up in the chat sidebar. A mix from stupid to helpful comments bombard you at every turn. When you try to leave they do everything to keep you there, dump your email box full of crap is like taking your keys.
    Then we have Twitter. This place is like that crack house I used to deliver pizzas to. People bashing on each other in every conversation. That, "I used to be a" expert guy that seems to litter all of them. There is nothing even remotely useful here, it's just an opportunity for people to advertise to you.
    I tried Linked In once or twice, it reminded me of the bowling alley I used to go to to help me find work. Every company had a bowling team and after they bowlers got good and drunk you could find out anything you wanted.
    Leaving social media has the same effects. When I tired to quit smoking, every time I would get on a good role someone would come along and say, come on lets go grab a cigarette. I'm on rolling towards cancer at break neck speeds, why not be a great friend and offer me another shot at it. When you try to quit drinking you have the same results, come on, let's go grab a beer! I have never had a drug problem but can guess what happens there.
    No, if you want to give up this unhealthy problem you have to dump the people that keep you there too.

    • JoansGate
      January 6, 2019 at 1:53 am

      I quit drinking > 16 years ago + yes, you have to dump your drinking friends. Same with Facebook, overboard with the Virtual so-called "friends." Try + meet with some in person + they freak--can't stand the real life pressure of conversation. Great points you only New Year's resolution is no social media!

  9. gtmark1
    December 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

    One thing not addressed in the article is the addictive effect social media has on the individual. Just like getting involved in drugs (early on) there is the draw for acceptance. And then the cascading effect there after. All the while someone else is getting wealthy off of your lack of control and diminished ego as you require more thumbs up and likes. I have observed many in this mode.

  10. VAS
    December 25, 2018 at 3:04 am

    I did a „soft withdrawal“ last year after I found that FB is tracking your phone number when you access via the Apple apps.
    Just deleted the FB apps from my mobile devices. Since I have now to sit down at my PC and have to log into the website (not stored on browser), I find myself rarely visiting FB. When I login and visit some friends pages I find I did not miss much.
    Personal contacts work way better via email or whatsap. LI I deleted because it brought nothing than bunches of junk mail.
    I stay connected via some forums which follow a respectful etiquette, and newsletters with subjects of interest to me. The time I save with not having to sort through all the FB garbage I can spend watching some quality online presentations on subjects of interest.

    Thanks for this great article. I hope the trend catches on and people go back to better communication ways.

  11. Buffet
    December 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    I never did any of that asinine bullshit anyway.
    I instead prefer face to face interactions with real people, in the real world.
    It's simply a matter of choosing whether or not to lead a dynamic, worthwhile, REAL life......or be a pathetic loser.

  12. Stephen Russell
    December 24, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Pretty much sums up SM over reach IE Log in page to select sites alone & Job hunting, U cant leave SM alas. IE U can avoid visiting SM sites
    Love LinkedIn & Pinterest, FB so so .

  13. devi
    December 12, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Life becomes slower, less cluttered, less tense and stressful, because lo and behold! that some factory in a distant part of the world has burned to the ground doesn't really matter.

    "Out of loop" doesn't really matter too. News quickly age and fade away from the memory, get replaced by different ones - usually equally stressful or unimportant.

    Also, it is my firm belief that no non-affiliated site that allows to login ONLY via Google or Facebook account is worth visiting. There's no such thing they deliver that can't be replaced or skipped.

  14. 01101001b
    December 11, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Great article. So true. Long time ago I closed my twitter account. Same thing with Facebook. I was fed up of trolls and (anti)social behaviour. No looking back. Now my rss feeder is full with interesting sites and articles and I receive a bunch of great newsletters.

    Social networks? "(Anti)social networks" should be the term for them now (good people having good manners are such a rapidly diminishing minority there).

  15. dragonmouth
    December 11, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Quitting social media is similar to quitting the bar scene.

  16. Luce
    October 3, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I gradually deleted all my social media accounts in the last month, Twitter, Facebook and lastly Instagram. It felt like it was time to go. The withdrawals, like quitting smoking, are real.

    But somehow I feel more connected with other people now that I don't have digital relationships with them. My 'friend' followers in Instagram and Twitter, and Facebook connections did not genuinely care for me. My privacy was constantly at stake and I was bombarded with very targeted advertising.

    I don't know how we exist in harmony with others by existing on Social Media. I need old flames and old friendships to take their natural course and fizzle out. For someone highly sensitive like me, connections with others arouse too many emotions, the imperfections of creating relationships outside of social media, whether on lesser known forums and chat boards or in the real world, create more authentic relationships.

  17. Kristel Keys Running
    September 27, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I quit social media on Jan. 1 2018. It was my New Years Resolution. I am a stay at home mom, and found myself scrolling mindlessly through it all day long. I also had my own business, so I used it for marketing and was on it constantly and it still wasn’t enough. Social media made me depressed. I felt like a failure in every way. I knew what the problem was, so I decided on a date and told no one I was quitting. Why did I tell no one? Because I didn’t want people to think I was doing it for attention, nor did I want to draw attention to me. I didn’t want people to try and talk me into saying or tell me I’d be back or what I would be missing out on. It’s really just like a drug and so many people are addicted. It’s a major problem, yet it’s justified because so many people do it. I had to delete my accounts and my apps from my phone. At first it felt weird, and every time I saw someone I was “friends” with I was worried they would think I deleted them so I had to explain myself. But I kept messenger so everyone can still stay in contact with me if they want. Here is what I found. I am much happier just living my life instead of comparing mine to everyone else’s. I have more meaning to what I do, instead of doing it for social media likes and comments, I actually enjoy myself. And I lost zero friends in the process. I still talk to the exact same people. They send me texts or messages with pics and updates. It forces me to have a conversation to catch up with people instead of already knowing every single detail of their life. It makes me feel more human instead of a digital bot. It’s been nearly 10 months since I’ve been off and I do not have any desire to go back on. The only thing I miss is Facebook marketplace, to buy or sell used goods. It seems like craigslist is full of creeps and no one uses it much. But my husband still has his account so I can use the marketplace if I need to. I actually told someone my story of quitting and why and they followed suit. I hope more people realize what a sham it is and how it’s draining the life blood out of everyone and that we return to a retro way of communicating. I can’t wait to see the death of social media.

  18. Pauline Finn
    September 21, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Just the other night l removed myself from every so I'll network accounts.
    It has been three days now.
    So strange to not hear the constant ping, ping ping. I would unconsciously check my phone to nothing there.
    Am l missing out, hmmm.
    Well for one l now take I'm each morning with my usual coffee sitting at the kitchen table taking in the beautiful trees lined outside and now hear the birds twittering, lovely.
    I am beginning to get to know who l am again. I have even cut down on watching TV. I am now looking into myself and discovering that l want to do more things with my life, especially writing which l have put off for many years.
    It's only been three days but am sure l will stick to this, hopefully ?

  19. Melissa
    September 19, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Thank you for this great article. Most others are about people quitting social media for short amounts of time. I quit Facebook many years ago and recently left LinkedIn as well. To be free of such unnecessary influence in my life is truly enlightening and I have no intention of going back. I refuse to be a follower to anyone elses’ ideals for my life or career. OMG, this feels amazing - rebirth!!!!

  20. Felicia
    September 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I am not a big social media fan, never was. But I have still tried Most of them. It always lasted not more than a couple of months, but still, quite time-consuming. Facebook is now the only one that I check regularly due to some important college-related information. I don’t have that many friends on fb but the updates and activities flowing in everyday can still be overwhelming. I wanted to quit many times, but couldn’t because I still need fb for college. So instead of cutting off fb I decided to unfollow everyone except for my very best friends and family. I was really relieved when the updates suddenly stopped. Now I still go on fb every other day but at least it isn’t taking over my day anymore.

  21. Landon Skaggs
    August 15, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I'm now 34 years old and have been using social media for over 15 years. Many of the reasons that I quit Twitter and Instagram are in this article. I was being consumed with the notion that I was "missing out" on important things. I sometimes felt that I wasn't going to "be in the know." I all reality, quitting those particular SM apps was one of the best things I've managed to do outside of quitting smoking. Now I read more, my focus has become more intense and my attention span has expanded exponentially. I deleted FB a few years ago and then got back on after an old college friend passed away. I found out after the fact and I was pretty upset that I hadn't been able to follow his family's posts about his illness. However, I will keep FB this time but I've turned off notifications and I only check it a couple of times a day.

    The moral of the story here is that there is give and take with everything. Social media commands a large chunk of our attention and time, leaving not much room for other things. It also fragments our minds and we find ourselves lost in doubt, worry and envy. At least that was my experience. I could go on and on about what I've learned from the perils of having my head in the proverbial social media sand....

    Long story short, I'm happy being that guy who seems to manage quite well without digesting everyone's bullcrap.

  22. M
    June 27, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I had rejoined Facebook 3 years ago, a 2nd time. I rejoined because I wanted to find out info on a class reunion. The class Only put info out on Facebook. Not mailings. Don’t think they used newspapers, but not sure as I don’t take Any at all.
    I don’t regret stopping Facebook. After the election here of 2016, and the subsequent bad vibes from many, I found the content to be disturbing. I felt that I didn’t Want to read all the negativity put out there. So. I stopped. I might be back on, but I prefer the relative peace and the silence of no social media.

  23. Jessica Garcia
    May 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    On Monday May 21st I gave up my Snapchat, Instagram, and twitter accounts. I have to report on an article for my journalism class and I selected the topic on social media and what effect it has on my generation and other generations. My teacher challenged me to go a week without any access to social media and I went for it. This week so far has been very rough for me. I left someone in charge of my snapchat streaks and they already lost one of them! I feel like social media became a daily routine for me. A daily task, I have to wake up and send a "good morning streak" and check instagram and twitter as if it's the morning paper. It's became a daily routine and now that I have no access it seems as if i'm experiencing boredom every five minutes! I would really appreciate if you would get back to my response so I can include this in my article. I would like to know what are some tips you us or used to help your urge to stay off social media ? Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely, Jessica.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      May 24, 2018 at 6:08 am

      After I quit social media, I kept myself busy with offline activities for a few days. I had a trip planned around that time, plus there was a wedding coming up in the family, which kept me plenty busy. After the first few days, being off social media became the new normal for me.

      I would suggest that you pick up an old hobby. Or focus on learning something new offline to keep your mind off social media until you get past the first few crucial days when temptation might run high to check your social accounts. Good luck, Jessica!

  24. Milan Joshi
    May 20, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I have recently stopped using all social media platforms, I just felt like it was making me procrastinator as well as it was kindling a kind of inferiority complex inside of me. I am connected with my family, close friends and colleagues through direct meeting or phone. I haven't felt any intense need to re start my social media nor have my work affected in any way, so I guess I'll keep it going. By the way thanks for this wonderful article, it really motivated me.

  25. Emily
    May 15, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I deleted my all my social media on mother’s day to focus on my 5 month old son. I feel much better because my son father was dating long distance girls on Facebook from his country. He was telling me he wanted to bring One over marry and kick me and our son out. I just got so angry that I new for my mental wellness I needed to stop checking what he was up to and feeling sad.

  26. pepito
    May 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I gave up facebook and I feel much better.

    • SocialMedia TimeSuck
      May 18, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      And now you have some time back to do other things.

      The most interesting thing about the comments on this article is all of the FOMO (fear of missing out) because people feel "socially isolated" (as mentioned in the article). I wonder how much of that is based on perception. Before social media became a thing, people had to be "in the loop" via word of mouth. The fact of the matter really is: who cares, it's mostly unimportant stuff anyway.

  27. tsong
    April 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I still do have my instagram, snapchat, twitter and email accounts but I rarely use them. I look it up only for when my university posts updates for schedules or events, etc. (announcements on rooms are sadly not a thing on my uni?) and when my friends ask me to look up something on the said site/s. The only social media app i am active at is messenger, currently i am hating it because i always feel obligated to talk to people even though i don't want to be distracted or talk to them. I also turn the notifications off. I don't know if there will be a time where I will quit it because i need it in order to communicate with my blockmates (for collaborative or group projects), my friends and my family. It stresses me out but when i think about the fact that other people are still suffering with managing plenty other apps and sites, i feel a bit better. My interest in social media has lessened since my phone broke last year. It gave me the realization that no one cares about my opinions that much unless it conflicts theirs and no one really cares whether i post or not. Never really had that many followers and i am thankful for that, otherwise it might have made me want to stay active in those sites even more. It had helped me be immersed in the other uses of the internet, such as online articles and platforms that help me in my course, i started drawing more often than i used to and i also have more time to catch up on my fave series and movies. ?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      April 18, 2018 at 6:05 am

      Sounds like you have struck the right balance when it comes to web and social media usage, Tsong. Way to go!

  28. Not Sure
    April 4, 2018 at 12:54 am

    I loved your article! I quit social media a month ago when I realized it had become more of a very bad habit rather than anything useful. At first there was some withdrawal symptoms to go through, but as that subsided I became drawn to the things that matter. My relationships became more intimate, I went back to hobbies that I used to enjoy such as playing the Piano. I spend more time focusing on what matters rather than being bombarded with what was often useless information. Or just never ending bragging. Its been over a month and I still feel happier, more content, and much more at peace.

    The negativity on social media alone is pure toxic. Sure you can block it, but I'd rather not have anything to do with a platform that causes people to hate each other over politics, to end friendships over a misunderstanding, and where people constantly look for others to pat them on the back for the most mundane of life's details. That is just not something I want to be apart of. I never liked the idea that other people could snoop in on my life whenever they wanted without even saying anything to me -- just to be nosy, and I am not the type to feel compelled to look in peoples windows to snoop... especially if they want me to!!

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      April 8, 2018 at 6:12 am

      Happy to hear you liked the article :) And thank you for sharing your experience with quitting social media.

  29. Peace and quiet please
    March 23, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I am currently on Twitter and there is just so much polarisation! People are always taking sides and if you take one, well, get ready to be trolled by the other. I constantly keep on checking my phone and feel like if I don't take a side (mostly against or for Donald Trump) no one is interested in what I have got to say. It's ridiculous and very annoying. I am just going to quit, because it's making me feel untethered and restless and my head is full of possible tweet comebacks or rejoinders. It's horrible. I may regret it for a while, but later, I definitely won't.

  30. No social media
    March 13, 2018 at 6:51 am

    I was being stalked and harassed it was too much the person was putting all my business online just because I didn't want to be with him and also he pretended to be someone else so that I would talk to him.

  31. Lo
    March 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I gave up social media for Lent season. As an introvert, I feel like social media is toxic and distracting with fake people. I felt emotionally drained comparing myself to my peers and seeing them “living their life to fullest”. So, I deleted all of my social media accounts like Facebook, G+ profile, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram last week. I also did not feel like taking half measures either. I feel like I made the best decision in my life deleting social media. I feel more happy and peaceful when I did that. I also do not care if people will think I am being weird or a hermit for quitting social media.

  32. Linda Farrelly
    February 19, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I just deactivated my Facebook account the other day. I was a very light user but still I feel it wasnt contributing in any way to my mental well-being. I feel no real need to hear so many opinions and stories and photos of other peoples lives constantly. It has been making me feel overwhelmed for a long time. I am probably more introvert character and like to be alone but also like to meet new people and meet friends. I just don't like all these little interactions online with not much substance. I have a feeling I've made a good choice.

    • Kyndall Foster
      May 13, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      I completely agree with you!

  33. WasRightBeforeDaMillenials
    January 23, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I'll be quick: I'm a professional who handles most of the digital marketing oversight for an almost unicorn growth startup company in the marketing/advertisement industry, and am on day number 3.8 of removing personal social media from my life as a self social experiment. I'm a cigarette smoker who has 'quit' hundreds of times... who generally barely takes "Facebook time" on a 2/10 ratio, however on this [almost] day 4 of not having the app on my phone [for example,] I feel like I just got over nicotine withdrawal and have suddenly realized I'm still in need of a smoke after food, sex, waking up, etc... The patterns of how I feel when I reach to tap that blue icon on my phone that is no longer there, are astounding. It turns out that while I barely use Facebook, I do not barely use Facebook if you were to track the taps on my phone.

  34. Jeremy
    January 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I quit a couple years ago. I didn't have many true friends to begin with because I am an active person and most people around me are glued to devices or TV's. When I quit, I lost the remaining fiends. Nobody wants to communicate outside of social media or texting. I hike, camp and go to movies alone now. It's weird. I feel like I am alone in a world of robots, just searching for another human being to communicate with. I won't go back to social media though. I would rather be alone than become plugged in like them.

    • Rob
      January 31, 2018 at 6:59 am

      So angsty

    • Maddi
      March 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Jeremy, I wish I could meet you! As a college student who often gets looked at like an alien when telling people I don’t do Instagram or only keep up Facebook for the family who never talks to me it’s definitely interesting. But who cares social media was never something I wanted but got pressured into being in my generation.

      • Scott
        December 24, 2018 at 4:20 pm

        Hmm, if there were only a way for people who can't stand social media to find each other. There should be a site for that ;-)

  35. Call me a psycho
    January 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I have opened and deleted fb account about 15 times since 2011. I have now deleted google, fb, whatsapp, samsung, messenger, youtube, true caller. Just bcoz i used to stalk a girl who was my ex claasmate at engineering clg. Now that she has threatened me with police complaint. I haven't talked to her .i used to call her via us no. Now i stay away from her. But after so much resisting myself i just check her dp and delete wzup.

  36. Micah Taylor
    January 17, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Deleted my Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat back in December. Never felt better. Not depressed like I used to be and not as anxious as I used to get because of social media. Deleted my Twitter today (had to go on an actual computer to delete WTF). I only use YouTube now and that's to make videos to help improve myself as well as others. I used to get caught up in constantly scrolling down my timeline everyday, not anymore. Life is awesome when you're not constantly on your phone.

  37. Bothriolepis
    January 16, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Social media, the cancer of the internet.

  38. Franke
    January 15, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Lol left all of my social media accounts in 2012...yes all well I do pin.. anyway then my friend begged me to come back to IG about a year later and that lasted less than a year. I’m very out of the loop on social happenings I have almost been around the world since i left and only 3 ppl I know asked to see pics (of course I have more “friends” than that) that knew I was going. One of the kickers is when I run into an old acquaintance and they tell me “I haven’t seen you online much” ...I heard that in 2017. I guess I’m really not missed if they haven’t noticed I have been gone since 2012. Oh well the pretentious ways of social media irk me ... and I feel social media = Billy Mays it’s all one INFOMERCIAL everyone has something to sell!

    • Agree
      May 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      You're exactly right. I don't think anyone really cares about anybody via these types of message boards (a.k.a. social media), even when they're not anonymous. I'm sure those that are really tight with you do, some of your better friends and family, for instance. But these are the people you probably actually talk to and/or see "IRL."

  39. Shandeya
    December 21, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I am tired of reading about Trump. It's everyday. All day. When I found out FB does NOT allow me to hide trending topics. I left.

  40. Cory Monnin
    December 18, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I’m seriously considering getting rid of all of my social media accounts. They see like they’re a big distraction from real life.

  41. flippieflippo
    November 28, 2017 at 6:25 am

    A few weeks ago I deleted my fb account, but before deleting I barely used it. Most of the time I forgot that I had one. The only thing I really used was messenger to talk to 5 real friends on a daily basis. I do have twitter but I forgot my password and I am too lazy to reset it because I don't use it. I enjoy pinterest a lot and most of my boards are on private. But I tend to have pinterest-interest a few times every 3 months or so. As for yt, I use it for listening to music, do sports, watch cute bunny video's and how to's about cooking, sewing, minerals, electrical stuff, any thing that pops up in my head that I want to try out but never have and have no clue where to start. Or listen to inspirational talks. So maybe I do use a lot of social media but not the ones that involves you into sharing stuff about your daily life. I just like to keep that to myself.
    Thanx for this article :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      You seem to have got your social media usage sorted just right :) I'm happy to hear you liked the article!

  42. spanky dickbone
    October 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

    I think you kind of bungled your question "Do I miss not being part of a social network?". I say this because those 10 words - strung together in that order - presupposes that you ARE, in fact, part of some social network. Otherwise, how could you miss NOT being part of one?

    But seriously... I have never in the past been, am not presently, and will very likely not ever be a part of social media. I've got no use for it, and trust it about as much as I'd trust a rattlesnake in my boot.

  43. Georgia
    October 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I quit social media.
    For myself this included instagram, Snapchat and Facebook (I don't use any other major ones). This decision was one I had been tossing around in my head for a long time. Social media bought me nothing but unhappiness, as I was constantly comparing myself to others and thinking if only. After having a major fall out with many of my friends (which was the turning point) I felt the want to completely disconnect. As meantioned in the article I've had many questions and judgments about my choice to give up social media, this came as a surprise as I didn't realise how almost 'attached' people become to these networks. It was the recent snapchat update (which allows people to see your location on a map) which was when the idea of 'disconnecting' came into my head. I found it concerning and invasive to a level of discomfort... almost as though it had gone too far. I cant see the pleasure people see in having others know your location at every given moment. Why would I care that my mate from 7th grade 10 years ago is at Coles? The fact is I don't. Social media takes no prisoners, there is little hiding, even if your privacy settings are maxed. I felt as though everything about me was accessible, there was no hiding. Being a teenager things like instagram and Facebook profiles are massive, the 'first impression' judgment is taken from these profiles. As I have personally witnessed and experienced, teenage girls (and guys) can be bitches, when looking though a fellow classmates profiles. It is that judgment and derogatory attitude of others which made me make my choice to quit social media. If people want to judge me they can do it once we've actually met. Although I have deleted what I can of social media there are certain limitations to what I am able to delete. For example I am in a sports team which has a Facebook group, which gets updated frequently ( telling us game schedule, changes ect.), this unfortunately means I am unable to delete Facebook. Although I still have Facebook I don't 'use' it anymore besides for groups ect. By not using social media, I may not get as many notifications as I did back then but it makes the few notifications I do get more special in a way. Rather than receiving mindless photos of blank walls saying streaks on snapchat, I might receive a text, asking to have coffee. Half as frequent but twice as meaningful.
    Personally I would recommend to all to take a break and step back from social media for a while because so far it's been the best choice I've ever made.

    • Sarah
      October 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      I have found myself looking through these comments in hope to find someone like you who has the same views as me. I've been considering deleting my social media for quite some time now, and this really pushed me to do so. As a teenager, I completely agree that the expectations of others have gotten to me, and this might be the best thing for me. Thank you.

  44. RaZr
    September 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I quit, facebook only brought me bad news, just kept the messenger active, due some foreign friends. Don't miss instagram or facebook. life is a lot better. I still watch some youtube, but only from my sub list (a very restricted and well thought list). Someday i might jump out of it too.

    Very nice read :D

  45. Neal
    September 12, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I had to get away. I am a recovering Facebook addict. I wasted hours on Facebook, and to perfectly honest , my being there, and choosing to engage on it has nearly ruined my life. I take full responsibility for y decision to engage and for my decision to quit.
    In addition to the harm my use abuse) Facebook was causing me and others around me, it was getting to the point where the targeted marketing was driving me crazy, and making me feel spied on, to say nothing of the constant barrage of fake news stories i had to constantly call out.
    The worst thing is the lack of civility on Facebook. at first it wasn't so bad but it has reached the point where everyone just shouts their opinion you as if it is Holy writ, and if you disagree they "block" you. I believe it has contributed to the lack of civility , and even outright hate going on out there.
    I am pleased to have left that world behind, at least online, but now that that kind of behaviour has spilled over into the real world, there really is no escape unless more people just tune out. The hate has been ratched up to such a feverish pitch that it may be past the point of no return, and that could be fatal to society.
    All that aside, for m, and probably many ors, it an addiction. I would find myself thinking about my next status , or comment even while lying in bed, or eating breakfast. Moments I should have been enjoying for what they were being dominated by social media even while offline!!!
    When I pulled the plug, the first few days required me to find all kinds of things to do justo stay away, and also detox from it all. It took several days before I was able to clear my head enough in order to function properly again.
    Some of you may not have had these extreme symptoms, but for those of us who have addictive personalities Social media is every bit as dangerous as alcohol or drugs in terms of what it can do to your work life, family life and other things.
    have, in part, written this not only to share my story, but also to make the case again to myself about why I must not go back.
    Can I get a witness?

    • Kathryn
      October 20, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Amen to that! I had a very similar experience, molding my life for 'good instagram posts'. Even though I have been out some biz interactions, like this article details, the perfect opportunities come anyway!

    • Kaylani
      April 2, 2018 at 3:40 am

      I hear you. It is horrifically political these days. they don't block me they just miss the point or read my answer incorrectly with their poor attention to my use of words or perhaps poor grammar skills or perhaps they want to be angry and offended i do not know! I occasionally post on a support site on a different social media and everyone is so nice and supportive. I was shocked when i checked responses and people where being kind!
      I try not to post or "feed the trolls" but i cant stop myself.
      The marketing is out of control too. I get more fake news and marketing ( even though i have blocked ads from over 100 companies) than i do posts from friends. I have to individually find my friends in my friend list and view their timelines individually.
      it's a waste of time and life, don't waste anymore.
      I keep mine but often log out until i need to specifically message a company or a friend. Id rather lose the social connections as the ones i have on that site aren't that valuable to begin with or they would contact me off facebook.

      I told myself if you want to connect with someobe outside your neighbours, you bf, your grandma, then post on your university discussion boards or with cusomers at work.

      You are doing the right thing. Don't go back to scrolling like a zombie.

    • Kelly
      May 4, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      You most certainly can. I cannot believe how much happier and at peace I've been since deleting Facebook 2 months ago. It's the best thing for me.

  46. Ivy
    August 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I gave up Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram this year. I did it slowly by deleting one account at a time when I saw that I wasn't benefitting from it anymore. I still have Snapchat, but I rarely post on it; I use it to talk to an acquaintance every now and then. I also have Goodreads and Pinterest but I don't use them in a social sense.
    My friends probably thought I was nuts or cowardly to get rid of social media, but it wasn't benefitting me anymore. I felt like my friends just wanted me around for their own benefit (a warm body to like their photos and dump their problems on).

    I am relieved that I am no longer in need of social media to feel validated and good about myself. It's bothered me for years (since 2012 or so) that I got addicted to social websites. So now that I've cut the cord, I'm so much better off.

    One caveat: I still have an Instagram account with 8 followers on it, and my husband also has one with 20+ followers. We don't use them hardly at all, and will likely delete them one day. We have these "mini accounts" as I call them to use as a backup for photos in case our phones crash, and we're not interacting with our followers much at all. My husband never saw the need to have social media accounts, and that is how I feel now also. There are much easier ways to connect with others; cards, letters, phone calls, and texts are a great way to keep in touch with people. I prefer phone calls (depending on the person) and use that to keep in touch with family.

    I think the world has a "digital obsession," and it's allowed people to forget how to honestly take the time to engage with someone one on one. Instead of telling someone they look nice in a photo, someone will hit the like button. I've had people on Facebook click 'like' instead of answering a question that I posted. How does that even remotely answer my question? It's so aggravating.

    I'm so glad I left social media, and I'm happy you did too. I just wish I had done it sooner.

    • Rick B
      March 12, 2018 at 12:54 am

      I've always suspected what you describe as the things that are the problem with social media. I suspect many people feel the same way you do but are afraid to give it up because it would invite criticism from those in their social circle. It's nice to stay connected with family and friends. It's even better when it's just because you care and not to gain "likes".

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      It's nice to hear quitting social media has benefitted you, Ivy. It's sometimes a tough decision to make because despite everything social media is a useful medium to keep in touch with certain people and for data dumps.

  47. Jefferson
    August 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Social media is the root of all evil. All personal relationships have been displaced by modern technology. The internet will be gone in the next 20 years so get prepared.

  48. Dax Thomas
    August 2, 2017 at 11:41 am

    After coming across this article and giving it about a week's reflection... I officially got rid of my Social Media accounts. It was certainly hard the first few days not to go running back. Like the article says; when you open your browser, you sort of have to start actually exploring the internet for where you belong without the all mighty Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIN telling you where to go. I happened to find this awesome book service called "Book Crossing" - where you basically set your books free, and keep track of them. Now, I realize that I'm actually spending more time on my hobbies, I actually have a little more time in the day to something that makes me feel good. I feel like everyone should consider a social media break, even if only temporary.

  49. Lulu
    July 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Anyone else creeped out getting friend requests from people who clearly dislike/are ambivalent towards you? I haven't been on FB for a while now, but remember getting requests from old acquaintances from either school or work who tended to be rude or ignore me in real life. Out of curiosity I'd accept just to see if they wanted to reach out, but 99.9% of the time they never made any attempt to engage, just lurked. To me it seems pointless to seek out someone you don't like and follow their online lives. If you don't want to have a real conversation, why waste the time creeping?

  50. Pamela Bennett
    July 22, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I got off social media and am happy with my decision. FB seems to be for people who want to brag or gossip. Forget it! Who needs that?

  51. Ally
    July 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I deleted my Facebook account about four years ago, I think. I was tire of the hatred I saw everywhere I went, I wasted so much time going on there, and all I did was play games or do pretty much nothing. I didn't talk to anybody. I didn't have to worry about losing touch with my friends because all the people I talked to all the time I text. Also, most of my friends on Facebook had hundreds of friends. Where as, i only had a maximum of fifty. They wouldn't notice i left. After I deleted my Facebook account, soon followed my pinterest account and Linkedin account for the same reasons. I do agree with you that it was hard at first because every time I went online when i had social media, I always went to my social media accounts and nothing else. I just went on because I felt like I had to. When I left, it didn't take long for me to get over " what am I going to do now" part. I am now more productive, and I feel renewed and happier. As for the jobs that require a social media presence to be hired, I never seen it make or break my ability to get a job, especially on Linkedin. I would always get jobs I was over qualified for or way out of my way to drive to. I then decided to put my linkedin account on private and then realized it defeats the purpose so I deleted it. Plus, I came to the realization, if a company requires me to have some kind of social media presence to get hired that is not a company I want to work for. Right now, I feel really blessed to work for a company that does not require a social media presence.

  52. Stone Forest
    June 29, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I joined Facebook about 7 or 8 years ago, and when I logged back in, I had been inundated by 'be my friend' requests.

    I immediately deleted my account.

    My membership lasted about 20 minutes.

    I have never used 'social media' since.

    Get out and meet people.

  53. Bindu pavani Kola
    June 24, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Yep I did it twice..!! After my intermediate (10+2) my father bought a tab for me ( I didn't asked for it) I just took it as its new I'm somewhat excited and grabbed it and through somehow I started WhatsApp..!! As they are Holiday's it went well.. And when I decided to do a long-term study program to clear my medical entrance test.. I wish if I thought of quitting it.. As it is new to ke I didn't find any problem.. But when.. The coaching came to a half l.. due to Frns and everything.. I started addicted to it.. I'm a kind of loving the Frnship one so.. If there are Frns nothing cones to my mind.. Then.. even my entrance exam.. After that exam.. I realized my Frns are not as caring for me as I thought they are and I care for them.. And i didnt clear it to the rank Ii need to become a doctor.. After all the hangover ( hell..!!) I decided to quit it and did it. Then I joined a doctorate degree with the rank what I got in long-term and I didn't went back even knowing that all my classmates are in a "so called " cool WhatsApp group..!! And then at mid of the course they started uploading all the records and info regarding college and classes in it.. Then I needed to go to WhatsApp again.. Ok its going on.. And again I had entered that vicious circle.. Then I got mad and talked with my bro.. He encouraged me saying that.. U r bold enough to control you to stop going WhatsApp without deleting it.. It worked for a while..!! But.. Again.. I'm not happy for what's going on.. And then the end of the first year and we are heading the final board.. So.. Now.. I got vexed and again uninstalled it for the second tym..!!( 2016 - june) Yeah.. Everyone asked me when are you coming back.. ..?? I just replied.. Next year or may be not at all..!! To be Frank I don't wanna go back..!! If needed I'll use my mother's account for important info and ask my frnd to forward important info in our class WhatsApp group to my mom's mobile.. Now I'm about to complete my first year final board..!!
    That's my story.. It might be lengthy.. But I wanted to write it to say others "addiction free life is peaceful and productive"
    The page is good.. ( remembered me while reading ) ^-^
    Have a good tym all of u.. And congratulations all d bst for all who are thinking of quitting.. And quitting addiction to social network..!!

  54. Benjamin
    May 24, 2017 at 11:25 am

    I left social media in 2010. Facebook had become little more than a platform for a popularity contest within my ring of relatives, creating drama and strife that I would rather miss. I am a Gen-Xer, but prefer to interact with people live, or not at all (with the exception of email). Ironically my stance on social interaction has left me socially isolated, even at church as I am not part of the masses of social media users......I am considered to be anti-social.

    • Matthew
      May 24, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      I think many of us have experienced the same feeling of isolation. While others see it as being self-imposed, I refuse to believe that social media is truly the magic glue that makes a community. Interestingly, I have stayed on Facebook for a while because my yoga teacher training group used a Facebook Group as a means to communicate. One person in our training group was not on Facebook, and we had to make certain that we included her by email. I knowingly allowed my involvement in the training to keep me on Facebook, but now I have no real excuse for holding on.

    • Kelly
      May 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      I feel your pain - same boat.

  55. Simon
    May 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

    When friends reunited was around i was quite happy with that platform but it had its problems i admit .
    Now the platforms seem to be used by the worst kind of people that should never have a voice online , by that i mean abusers ,fanatics and bully's.
    But i think it all comes down to money now so the platforms cant be shut down only regulated.
    I only have a google account for email but i am slowly changing back to an email address I've had for years one which has no sting in the tail .
    The day i finally deleted my Facebook account was the second best day of my life and still do not regret it one bit , i have a phone to chat if i need to or catch up

    • Dee
      June 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      That's my thoughts exactly . I'm a Gen-X person and I feel the same way. I did just fine without phones and technology . I feel social media takes away true human interaction in all aspects whether it's family interaction when your going out or getting in contact with an old friend. People forget that we do have phone to call and text to communicate and emails. I think people put way too much info on social media then they should, which causes another to feel like their life is not as good. Don't get me wrong , it's good in finding people and making that initial contact and exchanging numbers, but to use it beyond that is what gets you in the danger zone. I'm so glad I deactivated and got more involved in life. It's so surprising how amazing it is, but you'll see others shy away from you if your not on social media as if there is something wrong with you. Maybe it's because they don't have access to your life.Knowing it's them that has the social media disorder.

  56. Matthew
    May 23, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Nice article. I've taken my blog offline, but several year ago I wrote about taking a 30-day hiatus from social media. That was followed a few months later with a blog about my decision to completely walk away from social media -- deleting all accounts. After about a year, I came back. I took another extended absence from social media and came back to it last summer.

    Like so many others have commented, I found social media to be a time suck. You don't realize how much you, often mindlessly, open the app or site. I recently completed a yoga teacher training program, and we spent a considerable amount of time on meditation and mindfulness. It became much more clear to me that the desire to depart social media apps was growing. In the past, I felt like I've been pretty deliberate about my decision to go offline, so to speak, but there probably was a fair amount of impulsiveness. Why not just pop into the sites every once and a while? I wrote about this in my blog piece, and it rang even more true when I sat with it for a while. I don't blame Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. for being what they are; nor do I disparage those who use the services. Though I, admittedly, have become increasingly annoyed with friends and even strangers who are constantly on their phones when out and about. Do you really need to check-in and Facebook everything...everywhere? I love photography, but even I am starting to question why I am taking pictures of my food to share on Instagram.

    I read a great article on Medium, by TimeDorks, about creating a distraction free smartphone. The author called social media apps, along with many others, "Infinity Apps" because the pull-to-refresh provided an infinite or endless amount of distractions. I followed their distraction-free setup for the most part, but did keep Instagram on my phone. The funny thing is that I would keep Facebook and Twitter open in browser tabs on my computer. So what difference does it make if the app isn't on my phone if I'm in the site on my desktop, laptop, or phone browser.

    I, too, struggled with the joking, concern, and even contempt, for leaving social media. My closest friends know me well enough that the notion of leaving social media has almost become a laughing matter. Perhaps it's funny to them because I've left social media and then come back -- even if a year later. They have even seen me go from smartphone to basic flip phone and back.

    Fortunately, my decisions and actions are not held hostage by concern of what others think. I have, once again, reached the feeling that my time and mental free space is too valuable. I am losing sleep about what I might miss if I don't have social media accounts. I read the paper. I read books. I watch television. I ride my bike. I do yoga. I write people letters and cards. I know how to hold a conversation in person. You know...all the things we did before social media, smartphones, email, etc.

    To each his/her own, but I think the time has come to finally give social media the heave-ho. As has been said, you can always come back. My experience is that the same people will be right there if/when you get back.

    • Athera
      September 14, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Matthew,

      I can relate very well. I love photography and that's actually the prime purpose of my instagram. But I realized that it kept me feel the need to take the best photo, perfect cut and piece of my every vacations and road trips. It was fun when friends complementing and all in awe, the problem was I am the one who are not in the moment, and felt overwhelmed by other accounts who have even more perfect pics! Well, social media is stream of informations and plays in there. I quit, and never felt more liberated from the constant competition that I signed up myself in

  57. Lee
    May 18, 2017 at 4:34 am

    I realized Social Media was for me rather quickly...

    1. I'd always delete Facebook posts I made days after making them, for "privacy reasons."

    2. I had my account completely locked down, including hidden away from all search (back when Facebook allowed you to not show up in even their own site's search listing).

    3. Everytime someone tried to Tag me in a Photo, I'd either deny it, or if it was previously tagged I would report it and get it removed - for privacy reasons.

    4. There is something cringie about masses of random people I (in many cases only) "knew of" sending me friend requests. Friends of friends that I hadn't even heard of. People from the military that I couldn't care less to reconnect with (and likely put in much work to forget). People from High School.

    5. Having people shift all of their communications with you onto Facebook is extremely annoying. Better have those apps installed, and signed in... They stop texting you... They use Facebook Messenger. They don't email you about plans... They use Facebook Events. Pictures and everything go to Facebook.

    In many cases, things are much better off Pre-Facebook than Post-Facebook, but it's extremely hard to get people to "undo" that change when you leave Facebook...

    So yea, you end up being even MORE out of the loop than you were BEFORE YOU JOINED FACEBOOK, because people just expect you to be there.

    I think being a bit of an introvert actually makes it worse. The constant barrage of social media is exhausting. It's like you can never truly get away from these people, because you basically have to have some sort of device on you [for often legitimate reasons] all the time.

    Lastly, given the current digital climate (in terms of security), I just don't see a point in keeping any accounts open that I don't need. I only need 2 Email Addresses (Apple ID + iCloud), my Bank Account, and other Necessities (Health Insurance Company, etc.). I'm not going to blow up the attack surface for hackers, phishers, etc. by keeping all of these accounts open. Digital safety is a thing...

  58. Lexis
    April 18, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I quit social media last year for my new years resolution. I have not regretted my decision.

    • Rishav
      July 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      I am a social Media Junkie but after reading all the comments I feel i must exit social media and concentrate on my career and ambitions. Thanks

  59. Lori
    April 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I quit social media at the beginning of this year – didn’t delete my accounts, just stopped using them – and haven’t regretted my decision. Like you, I didn’t have a monumental reason for doing so. I’ve always found social media fatiguing in many ways, so it just didn’t make sense to keep using something I didn’t enjoy. I am a somewhat private person, so I wasn’t a frequent poster on Facebook and I never really took a liking to Twitter or Instagram. The only social media site that I like and still use is Pinterest, because I’m a crafter and DIYer who likes to see the ideas and creations of others. There is also something about Pinterest that is friendlier – no high call for commentary, reaction or mean-spirited criticism. It’s been interesting to hear reactions to my decision, but the reactions haven’t bothered me. I did almost miss a couple of events and some potential business, because in all three cases, the people reached out via Facebook. In each case, when the people didn’t hear from me via Facebook (I didn’t make a mass announcement about my departure – just stopped engaging), they found me through other means (text, phone, e-mail). Still, no regrets. I have read all the information out there that says I can’t grow my business without a social media presence, so I struggle a tiny bit with my decision from that standpoint. However, as I think more deeply about it, I’m just not convinced that it’s a good idea for me to attempt to build relationships through social media for my business when I don’t like doing it for personal relationships. And I’m not convinced that a half a million followers or even a mere 10,000 likes translates into more revenue. I could be wrong, but I’m at peace.

    • Ralph Nyadzi
      May 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

      True, Lori. Those likes etc amount to almost nothing in the real world.Moreover, the whole social media experience can be time - wasting and exhausting. Planning to suspend my social media activities so I can return to the real world, away from fantasy and pretense to focus more on the things that truly matter to me in the real world. That's how come I found my way here.

    • Kathryn
      October 20, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I am constantly quitting social media (lol)... last year, my most popular instagram acct got 10k followers and you are absolutely right that it does NOT translate into dollars!! I was spending so much time keeping up the acct / getting distracted / judging / all the other stuff social media does, my actual cash flow sucked. While social media has helped me to make some connections for business, being off social media hasn't helped me to be more focused about new connections, and making sure they're filled with money!

  60. Barbara Brearley
    April 9, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I quit Facebook 6 months ago and have not gone back. I had a serious accident and very few of my Facebook "friends" cared. I became depressed by this and so I felt I should just go off. I care more about my family than certain friends that brag and use Facebook to build up their self esteem. Also, I was discouraged by all of the hateful posts and comments about so many things. The fact that I feel so much more at peace and happier doing my artwork instead of staring at Facebook sealed the deal.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      April 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Peace and happiness sounds like a good deal :)

  61. B-Fay9
    March 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I quit Facebook about 6 months ago and haven't gone back. I don't miss it at all and it makes me sick to my stomach even thinking about going back. Deleted IG for second time last night. I miss casual and intelligent conversation. I began to see that social media was literally just an attention grab and while some harmless fun is great, it was overall pointless and contrary to mental development. People place so much stock on likes and comments it just seemed mind boggling to me. People judge others based on who has more attention on Social Media and I came to the conclusion that this was a drag on personal progression as education, experiences, accomplishments, and even money. It is artificial confidence that I can see is a real issue. It is almost as if two people go into a job interview, one is the perfect candidate and the other is nowhere even moderately close to qualified. When asked by the manager, "Why should I hire you over the other guy who is much more educated and has much more experience?," the unqualified yet social media popular candidate would say "because I have way more likes on IG. That guy gets like 10 max. I get like 150 easy. He is a loser." This is a scenario that represents how silly it is, but the reality is that while this scenario is unlikely, it does accurately represent how people view each other based on what they value in each other. Also, I got tired of seeing people I used to respect make fools of themselves and women I used to put hold in high regard show themselves to be, for lack of a more appropriate term, hoes, and it all just became increasingly negative. Attention is the new root of all evil. NOT money

    • Hilton
      April 9, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Valid points in there that I can definitely relate to.

    • Ralph Nyadzi
      May 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

      You've just reaffirmed all my nagging concerns for considering to at least suspend my social media activities for a while. Who know, I may not return in the foreseeable future. Can't say never, though. Many thanks.

  62. Janet
    March 13, 2017 at 3:21 am

    I just deleted all social media today! Facebook, snapchat, instagram and twitter. I feel so relieved honestly. Not comparing my life to others and focusing on myself and what makes me happy! Best decision I've made in a long time!!

    • Jess
      March 18, 2017 at 2:11 am

      Good for you!!

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Glad to hear you're happy with the decision, Janet!

  63. rana
    February 28, 2017 at 12:13 pm is that site, where the users can create their profile, do live chat, update their status, upload photo, sharing video, create different types of groups, joining to their favorite groups, blogging and many more activity they can do by their own way.

    You can sign up an account to as free and always you can upload video, upload photo and update your status by using your account.

    This is our small effort to express social relationship in the world. New and updated features are developing to include to this site. So, join to the right now and keep in touch.

  64. Steve
    February 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I've deactivated my FB account several times, only to go back, more out of convenience in accessing other sites/apps/games/etc than bc I want to keep up to date. At this point, of the 200-something "friends" I have, I am only following about 50, and over half of those aren't even active on the site. I'm sure the numbers are pretty equal coming back, as well. The bottom line is that there is little gained from FB outside of keeping in touch with people I used to work with, go to school with, or be friends with years ago. There's something about letting old relationships die naturally that feels more genuine to me than the perpetuation of a relationship that exists solely on social media.

    As for Twitter, it's nothing more than angry people yelling at other angry people. Everyone is so deeply involved in their own identity politics that you can't get much out of it at all. It's either a) sites you agree with or b) sites you hate. What kind of a waste of one's time is that? That level of hatred and echo chamber reinforcement is seriously unhealthy.

    As of today, I'm checking out. I can find the news I want on other sites and the rest of it - no thank you.

    Thanks for a great article to push me over that edge. :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Glad to hear you found the article useful, Steve. I hope the no-Facebook decision is working out well for you. Sites where you have control over what you see are definitely much less stressful.

    • Ashley
      May 30, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      I like what you said about letting old relationships die naturally. This has been a big struggle for me lately and I just deleted all my social media in hopes of letting some old connections finally fizzle out. It's just unnatural to know so much about everyone all the time.

      • Ree
        July 6, 2017 at 7:10 am

        I couldn't agree more. A constant stream of thoughts and videos. Its overwhelming. The impulsive thoughts and opinions (which I can no longer tell the difference between that and complaining) they've become the same.

        I just started a 30 day social media detox, inspired by a blog I read after my realization that Facebook does nothing to improve my life, and actually does the opposite; it brings me down. (Not all of the time, but there are the occasional negative Nancy's who are ready to light the world on fire with some snazzy one liner post.

        Anyway, I'm ready to get back to life. To slow it down and to really appreciate the pace. Sometimes it's nice to slow things down.

  65. Gina
    February 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I have not been on social media for over 2 years now. My main reason for deleting all social media accounts was that I felt it was a fake connection to people who claimed to be close friends. Deep down I questioned how could you be when I barely see you, you barely know me. People are just skimming the surface on social media.. I found it shallow.
    What I did expect when I deleted the accounts was more quality time with my children which I got, more time for hobbies which I got and peace and quiet which I got and loved being an introvert. I no longer felt frustrated that I was looking at photos of what people were eating for meals and wondering why it had been posted in the first place.
    I completely lost all of my friends, except my sister and one other whom I don't hear from a lot.
    I have literally dropped off the face of the Earth, out of sight out of mind.
    Although I'm not surprised it still saddens me.
    Just to add a bit of humour to what I'm writing.
    I had a 'friend' who hounded me on FB to go to her baby shower. It wasn't something I really had time for that weekend but I made the effort to go. I then quit social media not long after.
    Apparently she had her baby... it's nearly two years old but she didn't bother to let me know. When I asked another friend about it she says 'oh she posted it on FB'
    Yes.. my point exactly. Two evils in this world money and social media :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 18, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Losing friends to social media sucks, Gina. Has there been any occasion to meet those friends in person after you quit?

      • Gina
        March 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm

        Hi Akshata,
        Occasionally but because I'm out there of the loop and im quite an introvert anyhow the connection is lost. Or they almost think they're a victim of neglect because I'm not on there to keep in touch lol
        it's odd, social media seems to be the main form of communication.
        Family I still see a little.

      • Gina
        March 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

        But the baby shower friend! No haven't heard from her lol

        • Akshata Shanbhag
          March 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm

          Hahaha...That would have been a surprise :)

          Out of the loop? As a fellow introvert, I have been there, although once I am, I occasionally want back in. It's bittersweet.

  66. Star
    February 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I have always been on social media. It started with Myspace, AOL, then lead to Facebook, Instagram, etc.... I have met people through social media that became very close to me. Social media can be a way to promote yourself (in a good way or bad way). There are a lot of benefits to having social this point in my life I can see myself either becoming more narcissistic or getting back to the things I used to love. I deleted ALL my social media accounts today. It got me thinking, what things would I do different on a daily basis if I wasn't checking my social media accounts or posting on them? Would I put in as much effort to look good? Would I start playing music again? Would I pick up any new hobbies?
    It's not going to be easy. I guess I may be a little afraid of losing friends/popularity but I want to push myself to meet people in real life. I'm curious to see how this will effect my life in a month from now. In the meantime, I'm going to have to distract myself somehow so it's time for me to do some blogging and podcasting. Wish me luck!

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 18, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      It's been a month since you quit social media. I hope that has worked out well for you!

  67. Sherry
    February 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I am on day 3 of no social media ever again. I am currently writing a temporary Blog to help other people leave social media.

    Fakebook is a brainwashing pile of crap full of fake cheesy selfies and hate and fake news.

    I have had it with trolls, catfishing, people trying to constantly sell me shit and borrow money.
    People wasting money on business adds and it does zero for their business.
    Fake and negative news dumping all over the feed.
    I unfollowed over 50 people recently and realized.."What in the heck am i doing"??? It is time to just cut the crap and get out of here.

    So.. I did. The End.

    • Tom
      February 10, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      good job!

    • Lori
      February 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      How do I find your blog?

    • Gina
      February 19, 2017 at 8:41 am

      I'm hearin ya :)

    • Jess
      March 18, 2017 at 2:15 am

      May I ask what name of your blog is? I'm ready to quit FB and Instagram but need a little push in the right direction!!

  68. John
    January 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I've temporarily given up Facebook 3 times. The first two were for Lent, the last time was during the last few months of the 2016 presidential election. I came back a few weeks after the elections was over.
    Each time I deactivated the account to it's weird at first because I get so used to frequently, mindlessly really, scrolling through Facebook. Each time I come back I think I really didn't miss a lot, yet I still get sicked back into scrolling and scrolling.
    The content doesn't seem worth the distraction anymore compared to other things I could be doing.
    The last time I took a break from Facebook I discovered Quora, which I really enjoyed. Though, now I'm used to scrolling through Facebook again I don't visit Quora as much even though it's been more informative and enjoyable than Facebook currently is. Silly huh?!
    I'm seriously considering totally breaking from social media, which is what brought me to this article.

    Great points about being willing to jump back in if it's for a good practical purpose.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      January 29, 2017 at 6:48 am

      I have quit and rejoined Facebook a few times, too. It was frightening how quickly I got sucked back into the endless timeline scrolling vortex :D

  69. Natalia
    January 23, 2017 at 12:04 am

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  70. Dan
    January 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Freedom. This is purely the reason I've stopped using social media sites, give it a rest and continue with my life, social media became an unhealthy drug in my life.

    • Kelly
      May 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm

      Exactly. Freedom.

  71. Mayra Lindell
    January 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Please let me know if you're looking for a writer for your site. You have some really great posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I'd love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please blast me an e-mail if interested. Many thanks!

  72. Belen Deffell
    January 6, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of completely unique content I've either created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being ripped off? I'd definitely appreciate it.

  73. Lisa Dyck
    January 2, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I decided to take a break for 1 month from all social media. I've received several invitations for real time lunch or coffee dates. A few people have messaged me stating they were feeling the same as myself with one friend also deactivating her Facebook account. Social media was consuming too much of my time and thoughts. I feel an immediate release and don't find myself missing it. It was suppose to be a connector but I found it to be an isolating form of prison. Endless selfies were getting to me and people's self-absorbed lives were depressing. I'm not sure if I will stay off indefinitely but I'm looking forward to the vacation.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 18, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      I'm curious to know how your social media vacation turned out, Lisa :) If you didn't miss social media all that much to begin with, I imagine you haven't given much thought to it.

  74. Bob
    December 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Think about that time when men were navigating the open seas without a GPS, bottled water or underarmor t-shirts. It happened not so long ago. Where did men post about these adventures? They didn't. They wrote books about them. Get over yourself. Nobody cares about that rad street food stand you found in Seoul on vacation in 2012 (or your cool new bike). Now, grab your iced latte and settle in for some free Starbucks-wifi-facebook cat video time. Find your life. It's not in your news feed, I promise.

  75. Epko
    December 18, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I deleted all social media accounts and completely removed myself from the internet. I know what was there will always be found somewhere on the internet and I do not care about that. After being extremely active on Facebook since 2009 (4-10 posts daily?? maybe more?), I stopped posting on April 30, 2016, I logged off Facebook and closed my eBay store. Honestly I was sick of the political crap from both sides. I stayed offline completely all summer. I know that I had 10 messages in my inbox and 900 friends although when I closed the account, I did not check any messages. Maybe they were asking if I was okay, maybe they wanted to return that borrowed kayak paddle or perhaps they were inviting me to Florida for New Years. Not one person in my immediate life said a word about anything. It really was like a big white elephant sitting in the corner of a room. Apparently, several people asked right on my Facebook page if I was okay (I did see this when I closed the account) but no one who sees me in person or knows the other ways to contact me, ever said a single word. Not about my absence in Facebook nor about people wondering if I was okay. This includes my wife of nearly 30 years, my dad who I see several times per week or an older son and his wife that I also see several times weekly(all are very active on Facebook). I closed the account for good on October 23rd, 2016 and only then (3 weeks later) did my youngest son ask me in a text about Facebook and after almost 2 months of being "offline", I did have a cousin also figure out a way to get my phone number and asked about Facebook. Both of them started the conversations with something else slipping in their questions about Facebook. I stuck to the original topic with both completely ignoring the Facebook questions. At one time, I may have entertained people with an explanation but now I have a canned answer, not that I expect anyone to ask. "The topic is not open for discussion."
    I do not intend to save, change or destroy the world and I do not care if anyone remembers me or not.

    I use some of my free time for a couple small hobby things I enjoy but most of my free time now is devoted to the study of the Cosmos.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Ignoring those questions is definitely an effective way to go about it :)

  76. Gab
    November 23, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I started by deleting SnapChat as it was consuming my life. Then on to IG because I feel most people should have no business in being part of my current success- especially if they don't wish me well. As well as to cure me from a bit of a stalking habit. (Last reason prob motivated me the most.)

    I have always deactivated FB and I really don't use it as a social platform anymore as the demographics have changed over the years.

    I hope to stay on this health kick for a while and detox myself from things that don't really add value to my life and delays my personal growth.

    I've noticed myself reaching for my phone, itching to open a social media app. But I know that's just the force of habit.

    I would love to get some indications of the newsletters you mention above.

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      Honestly I can't recall which newsletters I was subscribed to, because once I stopped reading most of them to cut down on consuming information, they no longer seemed important. I do remember waiting expectantly for updates from Run Wild Creative and Cal Newport's blog.

  77. Evo
    November 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I foresaw that having a facebook or twitter or even after my employers begged me a "Google" account that it was like letting the fox have the keys to the city. No I'm very very happy in my decisions to only be on game chats and laugh as everyone else gets utterly controlled. I have never had an issue actually from it.

  78. Jenna
    November 15, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I loved social media when I first came in contact with it starting with MySpace after a friend suggested it. I've lived all over the world so I got back in touch with many friends that I would have never been able to reach otherwise. I also met new friends via social media and even met a bf that I was with for 6 years. I've grown tired of it over the last several years and deleted twitter and LinkedIn, as neither served a real purpose for me. Finally, several months ago I deactivated FB and recently I deactivated Instagram, now feeling a sense of freedom not being a prisoner to social media. If someone can't keep in touch with me the good old fashioned way then they are not worth keeping in touch with. I don't have any issues finding a job...I've never found a job through social media, not even when I was on LinkedIn. I send my resume into jobs that advertise online, I get calls, I go to interviews. You don't need social media to do that. Unlike the author though, I do still have Google+ so I can log into my YouTube account and save music vids I like and I use it to make comments on news articles and to write reviews on businesses. But I don't use it to socialize as I have no inner circle, or whatever they call it. It does irritate me when some news sources require you have FB in order to that case I just bite my tongue.

  79. CJ
    November 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I'm a Senior in high school, and I have never had any social media accounts, other then email. It has really impacted me, as I can't share who I am with many people in my class. A lot of them ask, with incredulity, why I don't have Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram, and I always feel pressured by my lack of social networking. I would like to stay away from social media as much as possible, but I'm afraid that my future and career looks grim without it. Since I am the next generation, it feels as if I am the only one who isn't "in the loop." Got any advice?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 5, 2016 at 3:06 am

      Hey CJ,
      If you approach social media as part of a career strategy, maybe you will feel less averse to it. That's the case for me anyway.

      I would suggest signing up for a single social media account of your choice whenever you feel ready and choose your interactions carefully. Twitter is a great option, because the focus is on strangers whose work you're interested in (unlike Facebook, where the focus is on friends and family). Follow 10-15 people/accounts (or fewer) to begin with and see how it works out for you. Unsubscribe from email notifications, unfollow (or mute) people who tweet stuff that isn't valuable to you.

      I signed up for Facebook again recently, because there are a couple of writer groups I'm interested in. I'm treating this as a work account. I haven't added any friends/family, because I prefer keeping in touch with them offline. I would love to keep in touch with my colleagues via FB, because I have no offline way to get to know them better. After being off Facebook for three years, I'm now able treat it as "just another website" instead of a networking site I have to check every minute of the day.

      Please feel free to email me at to discuss this further. Maybe I can help you find an approach that works for you.

    • Jenna
      November 15, 2016 at 4:52 am

      My boys are both in high school and neither one is on the big social media sources. The only thing they do is online gaming and my youngest has a YouTube channel but he hasn't uploaded anything in awhile. I haven't heard from either of them that they get pressured from friends to be on social media. They text and video chat a good deal but are both happy to not be in the FB or twitter loop. As far as jobs go I don't see how social media would help your job prospects in most fields. I've never had a problem getting a job and never had an employer ask about my social media status. If you feel that strongly about not having a social page then more power to you, don't do it if you feel it's not right for you.

  80. Yass
    November 2, 2016 at 2:54 am

    This year, I deactivated my twitter and snapchat, so i left with facebook and instagram. Deactivating twitter and snapchat was easy to do, i never look back since then. But what i find the hardest to do is to leave facebook and instagram. I did deactivated my instagram account but i always find myself logging in again and yet i hate it. I didn't really login on facebook as much so it didn't really matter but I find it soo hard to delete my instagram account. So what exactly would you suggest me to do?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 2, 2016 at 4:09 am

      If you're getting something out of Instagram, there's no reason to give it up :) This doesn't have to be an exercise in frustration!

  81. Sarah
    October 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Ive decided to not let social media takes control of me, my life and my self esteem issues any further recently. So i deactivate my twitter and snapchat account. Im still on facebook because im doing business online but i only manage our facebook pages account, so i rarely go on facebook and scrolling the newsfeed. The most is probably once a day to make sure i was updated with news etc. I still do have an instagram account but i stopped uploading photos and i only log in when i feel like it which is very rarely. I have family and friends that i need to be in touch with on instagram but i dont have the app on my phone, same goes to facebook. So i would need to go on browser to check those accounts and tbh, i dont feel addicted to it at all. Im using those social media only when i have a purpose. Same goes to tumblr, i have an account because i like the photos there and sometimes its easier to search some cool photos when i do have an account, and still i only log in when i feel like it which is even barely once a month thing. So i guess its a good thing to use social media in moderate amount in our daily life, it keeps you focus in doing what is more necessary.

  82. HD
    October 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Hey, do you reckon i'm missing out on anything by not being on social media? I've never used any of these sites, my ex had made an account for me on facebook and instagram but I never really uploaded anything...

    I have my own business so I wanted to know if i'm missing out on any business opportunities by not having a personal presence on the internet?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      October 16, 2016 at 6:01 am

      Harshal, many would say that you are missing out. I would say it depends on the kind of business you're running, the opportunities you're looking for, and so on.

      Even if you don't have a social media presence, having a dedicated website helps, because it gives you some control over how people perceive your business. Having said that, I do know people with zero/low-key online presence who are doing pretty well for themselves.

      If you feel inclined to get on social media to further your business, but don't have the time/resources to monitor and update your online presence regularly, it might be better to not have one or leave it till you're ready. I feel a missing online presence is better than an abandoned/outdated one.

  83. Emma
    October 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I have never had a twitter account. I deleted my facebook account 3 years ago and never looked back. I still have Instagram and snapchat, but i follow only a few people. But im not a big poster. My husband doesnt have any social media.

    Sure, we miss out on events. But all of my friends are at least 45 minutes away from our homestead. And with 3 dogs, a cat, 4 chickens and a two year old, i dont have time to do much anyways.

    I share fun pictures and videos with friends via text. So i dont feel left out. Scrolling thru my news feed, i would read too much into everything. Im a sensitive person and my anxiety just couldnt handle it.

    Since quitting, my life is less stressed. Im happy with only 3 close friends and my family to talk to. I cant handle more than 20 relationships at a time without freaking out.

    I did have to make a FB account for my daughter's preschool so i could get school alerts. But its completely blank.

    • Jess
      March 18, 2017 at 2:25 am

      Thanks for you post, I can totally relate! I find myself so emotionally drained after viewing a dozen or so posts, which actually furthers my frustration because I feel like a failure for being a poor user of social media! Yet, there are so many more important things I need to put my energy towards?, and worrying about social media should not even be near that list!

  84. Benjamin Roe
    October 11, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I just deleted my Facebook (my only social media account). I got messages telling me that it's only temporary, that I shouldn't isolate myself, but mostly very supportive responses outside of that. It was all the negativity and overwhelming unhappiness and drama that pulled me away. I gave everyone 12 hrs to jot down my contact info. I made sure I repeated the posting several times to give fair warning. Then at midnight, poof, no more social media. I'm experiencing some anxiety and regret, but I know that those who really care about me will keep in touch. All the others I probably didn't need in my life anyway. For those who didn't see the multiple posts and ten minute warning, you'll have to find me.

    • Jess
      March 18, 2017 at 2:26 am


  85. Bianca - 18
    October 7, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I've actually been off of social media completely for almost a year now. I do have a quiet phone, but I've noticed that people talk differently if they are on social media more, which keeps me from getting another one. Too much of the illiteracy.

  86. MinaHayes
    September 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I gave up facebook in 2012 and never really looked back. I was literally becoming ill scrolling thru my newsfeed and seeing a bunch of narcissist, pretentious fakery from majority of my 350 "friends". Here's what I dont miss;
    -The one girl who always had a headache and always jokingly griping about her kids and husband so everyone would think she has the perfect life..although he was cheating on her with all of their grade school friends...
    -The guy that posts just for likes. Always something mind boggling, supposed inspiration or a call for attention by posting a long RIP tribute to his "homie" that was killed 5 years ago..again posting for likes, not because he really misses his buddy.
    -The lady that felt the need to post her entire day and life from start to finish. She'd post about waking up, declaring that the day is beautiful and she's ready for it. She'd tag every single place she went for the day, posting random selfies with "inspirational words" about any and everything, making it appear that life was great. Problem was, I knew her in real life and knew her life was nowhere near rosey.
    -The random old "friends" from the past that would inbox me wanting to reconnect as if they forgot that they're already in the right place..the past.

    I may not know how much fun it appeared the parties were, but I don't miss being dragged into everyones circus without buying a ticket.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      September 21, 2016 at 5:32 am

      That must have been such a relief, Mina :) I guess everyone has some variation of those types of "friends" on their timeline. They made an appearance in one of our posts as well.

  87. Soren
    September 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I used to be very active on social media, particularly FB, Twitter & Instagram. Although i did meet some nice people on those sites, i also found them to be far more of a distraction than anything else. I dare say i even became boring, due to spending more time inside my house & less time outside doing interesting & exciting things. For the first few weeks, i was tempted to go back, but that waned when i discovered a couple of new hobbies that excite me far more than watching a feed. It may be a dramatic comparison but i liken it to when i gave up alcohol & discovered my weekends were way more fun with a hangover. Social media has it's use and it's good for those that use it sparingly, but for me, i sleep far more peacefully & enjoy my days more without it.

  88. Philippe
    September 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

    I deleted all my social media ( facebook, twitter, instagram) about 3 years ago, since i'm done with all of this useless distraction. People these days have the illusion that even before going to sleep or just after waking up, they need to know whats going on at the other side of the world. Stressing your brain for 1 hour for something that has no influence at all to your life. People should live more consciously and focus on their own life/tasks. Productivity has proven to be going down since the smartphone has been introduced. No wonder, since many (social media) apps act as a slotmachine; addicting. Focus on your own life and not on the virtual one in your pocket! A digital burnout is just around the corner.

  89. Michele
    September 1, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I closed all my sn accounts six months ago because i was feeling addicted to them. Yesterday my nine years old son told me that i should have tried to get back at least to instagram so i download the app, created an account, upload a cool profile pic and before posting a single photo i felt sick and bored.

  90. Kristina Rio
    August 30, 2016 at 3:32 am

    In June this year I decided to delete (or deactivate the ones that wouldn't allow me to delete) all my social media accounts. Included Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Snapchat. I'm not going to lie it was a tough decision however my main reasoning was that I was about to go on an overseas trip and to be frank I didn't want to feel the pressure of constantly posting statuses and pictures. I wanted to enjoy my holiday and just relax. Prior to my trip I also had a couple of weddings to attend to, and even though the weddings were beautiful and it wasn't about me I had grown insecure over the last year due to some weight gain and I didn't feel comfortable posting pictures of myself or being tagged in photos for the world to see. Actually, come to think of it insecurity was the main reasoning. I spent too much time scrolling through other people's lives and questioning myself, rather than doing the things I wish I could do. My Facebook usage from when I first set up my account to when I deleted it did drop dramatically. Before I would check-in at every place I went to. I tagged all the people I was with. I had photo albums of my life for everyone to see. The thing that changed me was that an ex of mine was using that very same tool to stalk me. That's when I realised I needed to be more cautious on what I was posting. I used Facebook less and less and soon enough it was just a tool to snoop into other people's lives. Now c' have to admit that's pretty unhealthy. I loved Instagram for the fact that I loved looking at motivational fitness pictures and quotes plus it also gave a small window to some celebrities. I alos love sharing experiences with other business likes cafes, resorts, adventure, etc so I enjoyed that promoting aspect of it.Instagram was harder to delete for me than Facebook which is why I will admit I created a new Instagram account. Instagram for me was my tool to connect to my favourite celebrities or celebrities and people alike that inspired me. I'm trying to keep my usage down but at time I have found I've just the last 3 hours scrolling. Oh well. I jumped on the Twitter and Snapchat bandwagons out of curiosity. I was fairly active on them for a while but it got too much for me to try keep up, and I ended up spending hours watching and reading everything before my day could actually start. I had to say goodbye because it ended up just being a digital gossip tool and when I did say goodbye a huge weight was lifted. Tumblr was just a tool for me to use to blog but then I realised I didn't have much to blog about so saying goodbye to that was no big deal. I have to say quitting and staying off most of the social media platforms has been great. I'm back on Instagram and Pinterest (Pinterest tends to flag some really good ideas). I feel like I can concentrate on me more and spend less time looking into other people's lives. For the ones closest to me they have my number, and for the ones that live overseas that I ACTUALLY keep in touch with I have other data messaging apps. Switching off and logging off is great :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 31, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story, Kristina :) I was quite active on FB, Twitter, etc. for about eight years before I quit. Now I can't imagine going back to them. I also prefer one-on-one conversations and messaging apps now...

  91. Cheryl Boston
    August 27, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I have just posted on FB that I am done with it. I said if anyone wants me they can contact me via email, skype or phone. I posted all contact details as well. I will leave FB up for a few weeks to give whomever wants those details a chance to take them, then I will kill FB for good. My reason? FB is the source of too much bad energy.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 31, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      FB can make you think you're the only one having to deal with more bad days than good :)

    • Marc Gaspard
      September 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      I am out of social media for the past 5 months. Had more than 500 + connections. I did the same... posted my contact details and deleted my accounts after a while... none other than my close friends and relatives did contact me... you will not even feel a pinch of loss by doing this... instead you will find time to spend with your loved ones...

  92. BF
    August 19, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I have never had a facebook, twitter, instagram or any other social media account. Ever. For a long time (many years) the nature of my work forbade it and after I was again free to do so I was simply used to being without it. I must say (I mean this in a spirit of relief, not smug-ness) watching all of my friends and family and how much it affects, and often rules, their emotions, relationships, and lives in general I am certain that I have far less stress and a more enjoyable day-to-day experience of just "living" than they do. Everyone who knows me knows I dont do social media and they have my phone number and they use it. I have long and great conversations with my friends and family. I travel to visit people I havent seen in a while and enjoy seeing how they have changed or not since I saw them last. Friends come over to show me their latest purchase or project because they know I didnt see the "posts" and it results in more meaningful time together. When I go on vacation I dont feel anxiety -as I have seen others have- over not having service to check their news feed, I'm too busy enjoying my vacation. I get pictures -like real actual pictures- mailed to me from family that I can put up on the wall and they are usually accompanied by handwritten letters and even sometimes little trinkets or keepsakes. Maybe because I've never really been plugged in I dont know what I'm missing? But I'm a young man and have plenty of time to delve into all that stuff later if I choose. Until then, I am perfectly content and thankful when I see my friends freaking out about some ignorant post someone just made that simply must be dealt with, to go on living my life -most of it outdoors- and being 'present' in it (as the article puts it) instead of playing out my relationships in what amounts to virtual reality. Life is far too short to live it on a computer server in my humble opinion.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      What an interesting story! That's the kind of life I'm aiming for. It's good that friends and family have been accepting of your decision to say no to social media. Not having had a social account ever has definitely worked in your favor :)

  93. VIG
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  94. Skye
    August 10, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Hey There!
    Regarding Social Media - Facebook is the only one I have used for years. I never really got into any of the others as much as I have as FB. But recently, I have gone through phases of being depressed from jealousy of others' lives thinking "Why can't that be me?" or "Why can't I be doing that?". As well as feeling drained from pointless arguments through posts and comments. Myself being guilty, I wondered what was happening to my good nature. I went from a nice, sweet, kind 16 year old girl to a jealous, insecure one. Which was the moment I realized: I have to quit Social Media.
    From the mindless scrolling through my News Feed to the silent judgement I had felt from friends and strangers alike with every Status Update I made. It just wasn't worth the anxiety, depressed phases, insecurity, etc. Not to mention how I noticed the changes in my behavior towards others and myself. I had become overly critical of every action I made inside and outside of Facebook. None of it, I feel, has left a good impact on me.
    So, I deactivated my current account, thinking all was well for about 7 days. Until the fear of not having Social Media would impact my employment hit my brain, I obsessed about re-making a Facebook or activating my old one. I eventually gave in and made a new one, mentally labeling it "Work Facebook". Though, it came back to me later knowing well enough it was on "Display" considering I had "quit" Social media. It just bothered me way too much.
    But, with school starting soon (I'm schooled online which is another reason why I wanted to quit Social Networking asap) and taking my chances with employment, I deactivated that account too and said goodbye to the old Social Network.
    Honestly, it has been rough. 1 week has gone by, I haven't been on once. But I have definitely improved in many ways. I am legitimately happy for others and their successes, I have more time to spend with family and gardening, I have much more energy to tackle tasks at the end of day, I can think much more clear making efficient and reasonable decisions, but most importantly made some time for Self-Improvement. And many more!
    Quite frankly, if you are even thinking about quitting, I highly suggest it. Even just for a week to a month. It makes a huge difference and gives you lots of free time! Either way, I don't regret quitting one bit and I would love to see more people thinking the same. :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      August 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Thank you for sharing your experience with using and quitting social media, Skye. Glad to hear it has all worked out well for you despite the initial hiccups :)

    • ME
      October 9, 2016 at 12:52 am

      I would love to hear more. Your post describes my situation to "t". But, I immediately get bored when I try to give it up.

  95. samantha
    August 8, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I deleted ALL social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I have yet to regret it. Sure some thought I fell off the deep end but there is such a peace with not constantly being connected. I've been able to focus my energy on more productive things.

    • Skye
      August 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      I definitely agree with you there! In fact, I have made sure most of my actions or what I end up doing in my free time is productive. That wouldn't of happened if Social Media wasn't kicked out of the picture!

  96. AntisocialHermit
    August 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I detest all social media. It's exclusively for mindless idiots.

    • Rebecca Henchey
      September 16, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Glad to know I'm not alone!

  97. Michael D
    July 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I like that I can share this article on Facebook and other social media accounts; seems kind of ironic, haha.

    Joking aside, you've given me a lot to think about. :)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      July 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Haha...glad to hear it :)

  98. Anon
    July 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I deleted my Facebook profile and all other social networking in 2009 when I found out about the death of one of my closest friends from the comments on her Facebook page. How can such a false environment be the place to communicate such a devastating thing. I am strongly against the way in which these websites are used for communication. It makes me sad we can't go back to the way it used to be when we'd pick up a home phone and call our friends and arrange to meet in person.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      July 9, 2016 at 4:57 am

      That's awful. Unfortunately that's the way things are these days...

  99. Danielle
    May 30, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Hi! I have been Social Media free since April! I am loving it! I do have youtube cause I do like watching videos and I have found that I have more free space on my phone and I can play games and I have found several that dont constantly tell me to log in to facebook or twitter.

    • Danielle
      May 30, 2016 at 2:50 am

      Oh! I got tired of the drama of Social Media and that is why I decided to drop it.

      • I hate annoying people!
        June 9, 2016 at 3:55 pm

        What an annoying comment! It doesn't make any sense! You shouldn't have posted these two comments... People got rid of social media for a reason... They need they cannot stand other people like you!

        • Shut Up
          June 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

          This type comment is why I left social networking. Why did you feel you needed to bash this person? Did you high five yourself after this?

        • Reality police
          January 15, 2017 at 1:57 am

          You are the prime example of the type of person who should never have a social media account. What are you 13 years old? Grown ups are trying to have a conversation here! "I hate annoying people" laughable, but mostly, pififul.

  100. Anti-social INFJ photog
    May 21, 2016 at 4:21 am

    People are annoying on social media nowadays, that's why I've deleted it last month (April 2016)! I hate the currents trends, gossips, b*tches and memes that I usually see on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Stop it! It's so annoying, but most people still keep on doing it! I'm actually happy without my social media because I can focus on the things that I do on real life like playing video games, reading, writing, going outside alone, etc. Social media wasn't this annoying on the past years when I was a teenager around the early 2000's and below. I hate those people that constantly post memes, selfies and being a fake b*tch! It's really a bad influence! I only have my Google+, but I don't post anything there and it's just linked to my G-mail account for job hunting and e-mailing purposes only. I don't like comparing myself to other people, because I know I'll get upset if I see their photos when they are much happier than me (better friends, money, etc.)... Without social media, I will not see them anymore and those people who doesn't like me will not see me too and it's better that way... I'm a misanthrope and somewhat misogynist (but I like non b*tchy type of girls), so my advice to those who doesn't like memes, celebrities and annoying posts on social media, to get rid of it so you can focus on yourself without comparing to other people... Just be who you are... :| -anti-social INFJ photographer / writer

    • MinaHayes
      September 14, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      You are soooo right!! I deleted my social media 4 years ago for the same reasons. I was tired of all the trends and fakeness...I don't miss it, not one bit. I'm too busy enjoying my real life full of family, my bff (I only have one cuz that's all I need), spirituality, my career, routines, traveling, reading, watching my favorite sitcoms, cannibis and wine! I managed to finally fall in love with myself and it feels social media for me, it ruins everything, including your self esteem.

    • Radio
      April 18, 2017 at 4:15 am

      Never heard anyone refer to themselves as a misogynist before. I'm glad I don't have social media so I don't bump into people who disagree with equal human rights in general. (Hint: I'm not a feminist, just believe in equality)

    • Juliet
      November 9, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      Well said.
      One day I was sitting on my FB and this woman who I personally knew had hurt so many good people, was a borderline psychopath had posted another "Just be positive and everything will be great" meme, followed by a filtered selfie announcing her gratitude over "her blessings" meaning the business she stole from a woman who is nearly a saint and homewrecking another friend of mine and the money and man she gained from her soulless actions were those "blessings" There were over 300 likes on her "just be positive" filter selfie. In that moment it finally hit me:
      THIS IS A BUNCH OF PATHETIC CRAP, feeding narcissists, giving psychopaths a place to play and twisting our youth into warped and depressed zombies.
      Not a social media break for me, I'm never going back.

  101. C Man
    May 18, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Lol none of you are capable of quitting social media for good, I'm a rare exception. No YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, etc. accounts. It's been a really long time too and I've never looked back.

    Well actually.. I have a FB account with 0 friends or anything, because I need one to comment on websites (which is so stupid).

  102. Abby
    March 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Hey! I'm a junior Journalism major at The College of New Jersey, and am working on a feature piece for my magazine writing class. The topic of my piece is on the effects of social media on communication, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in answering a few questions about your experience without social media for my article? I'd really appreciate it!
    My email is, please email me if you are interested.

  103. Christopher Keller
    March 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I have Google+ and that's IT. I don't really consider it a "social media network" as much as I do an "attachment to my gmail" and that's about IT.

    Have I missed out on ANYTHING? Nope! Have I abandon friends, family and the like? I hope to heck YES! LOL.

    Social Media is good for one thing: Wasting a LOT of time. Time is a non renewable resource, and the older you get, the less you want to be "on social media".

    I did have a Facebook account, and got really tired of people "posting their last sneeze" or yet ANOTHER baby picture. Ain't MY baby, it's YOURS! I really don't care about the kid!

    I feel that those "lost souls" are the ones that are constantly on Social Media trying to somehow validate their lives.

    Just one idiot's take on "social media".

  104. Brian
    March 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I absolutely have deleted everything, except my music page on "" (as I use that to display music I've recorded for potential customers), but since I don't pay for full access, I can't be contacted. Just as well.

    For the most part, I'm a misanthrope, so social media is a time soak, right out of the gate. If I want you in my life, you'll know it...if not, you'll know that, too.

    I do not miss it at all. Especially during an election year. I have friends that are hardcore left, and hardcore right, and they tend to duke it out on my page, or worse...attack me for not being in lockstep with their views.


    • Brina
      May 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

      Well said. Keeping it ?.

      • I hate annoying people!
        June 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

        WTF! Brina! What a nonsense reply / comment! The reason why he kept it is that he wants to keep his music library and there's nothing wrong with that! I'm a misanthrope too and we have a reason why we've become one because of the annoying people in this society like you!

        • Brina
          June 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm

          Awww look a keyboard warrior!! How cute! You are the reason why people drop social media, because of miserable trolls like yourself. Go back under your bridge, and I'm sorry if you weren't hugged enough as a child. Here is a dog biscuit for your "efforts".

      • Radio
        April 18, 2017 at 4:36 am

        Don't engage the tolls. That's why we left social media in the first place - to finally be free of those people who waste seconds, minutes, or even hours of our lives.

  105. Anonymous
    March 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Social media is like hard drugs. Once you get hooked, it is very hard to kick the habit. Unfortunately, free-lancers need social media to find job opportunities.

    "@bishella if you quit social media then you won't get any likes anymore at all."
    Shows what this person's priorities are. (S)he worries more about being stroked (likes) by questionable online "friends" than about meaningful interaction.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      You're right. Freelancers do need social media for job opportunities. It has helped me with my past job searches as well. Sometimes it's hard to remember how things worked before social media (or even the web) came onto the scene :D

  106. Dylan
    March 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I went through the same thing in 2013, removed myself from everything other than Google+, on which a game I was playing was reliant.

    The reactions, the lack of in-the-know moments, the peace and quiet of not having to see what everyone had for breakfast or what their cat was doing 9 hours of the day.

    The biggest frustration, as you have pointed out is that these social media sites rule a lot of the login gateways to other interesting opportunities. I have created throw away twitter accounts on temporary email password sites just to be able to get access to learning media. It is sad how reliant the world is on this, and how much time is drains from a persons daily living.

    Like you, my only exposure to it now is business related, and even then I keep it minimal and I am no worse off for it.

    Thank you for your post, was nice to relate to someone regarding this.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Good to hear that, Dylan. I'm in awe of people who can take in everything that goes on in social media and yet manage to stay sort of detached from all of it. If I could do that, I probably would't have quit :)

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    March 2, 2016 at 1:32 pm

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  108. Bben
    March 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I have a twitter and linkedin account, but I never check them. I was forced to sign up at both for something I was doing. I think my G+ is still alive, but don't expect me to reply. I took a look at FB and ran away. The same people who scream about the NSA collecting their data seem to be perfectly comfortable giving the same data and more freely to FB to be sole to any scammer who is willing to pay. At least NSA just keeps it on a secret server somewhere and doesn't sell it to any one willing to pay.

    I do have several relatives that expect everyone to check FB several times a day and have missed a few family events because I don't have a FB account. They refuse to believe I can exist without FB running all the time. And obviously if I don't read every silly post they make I am at fault for not finding out about somebody birthday party until a week after.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 2, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Yeah, tell me about it