Here's How It Feels to Delete Your Facebook Account

In late October, when I deleted my Facebook account, I felt marginally worried about it. Today (Dec. 19) as yet another privacy scandal is exploding in the faces of Facebook's leadership, I feel fantastic.

However, quitting has disrupted my holiday season a bit.

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Now every single time I hear about a Facebook leak or breach, I don't have to worry about if my photos have been exposed or not. I don't need to go into Facebook and fiddle with its system of privacy settings, which are all set at a font far too small.

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And every time The New York Times runs a scathing story that reveals how low things are going inside the house that Zuck built, I get to enjoy these articles with a happy (and admittedly smug) detachment.

Oh, and nobody's yelled at me for deleting my account and abandoning ship. Instead, everyone just shrugs and talks about how they should leave.

During the 6 or so weeks that passed since I killed the account, my friends and family just used other ways of contacting me, like texting and email, and I didn't feel like I missed out on any news, thanks to my tee-totaling by keeping Instagram (which is owned by Facebook). And I was able to log into services with my email address, as I am not seeing any that demand you use Facebook anymore.

On the upside, I've now only got one social network where I see friends shouting at strangers, but I'll keep Twitter as it's actually valuable for my job. Also, I never have to worry about offending someone by not accepting their friend request.

The one downside, though, is that I didn't get invited to a certain holiday party, which is run by someone who uses Facebook to announce the event. I'm guessing that's going to happen at least once more by the end of the year, but I'm increasingly OK with this phenomena.

Not to sound like a parent, but if someone won't invite you to a party just because you're not on Facebook, they're either extremely lazy or you're not as good friends as you think you are. Also, I could have just reached out to said party organizers if it truly mattered to me.

So, dear reader, smash that Delete button. Erase your Facebook account. You don't need it, and you don't need to directly add to the monthly active user count numbers for a company opening your private messages to corporate brands.

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.

  • seasideroses
    well, I just created a fake facebook acct, and let everyone know that I wanted to friend me what my fake name is; also, I do not post any personal info, including any pics-even first page pics. so now, I can still join groups that I want to join, etc
  • justin.m.beauvais
    For me, Facebook is useful. We don't have a whole lot of options for communication where I'm at. We have 900 people using a connection that would be considered slow by most home internet standards. So without social platforms and email I wouldn't be able to talk with people back home much or post pictures of penguins. Security on Facebook is all about not posting things that you don't want seen, not saying things you don't want read, and not trusting the people who run or use it. I can't count the number of times I've told someone that I'd reach them in a different way JUST to not discuss something private on Facebook. Facebook is for social interaction (chatting, sharing pictures or dank memes, arguing about mundane things like if Hot Pockets are sandwiches or not, etc.), not for managing your life online. The sooner people realize that the less worried we'll all be about data breaches and other shenanigans. When pictures of cats dressed as tacos are all that we have to leak, people won't care as much about the Zuck and his inability to secure his war chest of people's personal information.
  • falling10
    I also deleted my account from FB, but use Instagram which is also owned by Zuckerbrg.
  • kellavooy
    I deleted my Facebook account long ago as I felt tired of their privacy problems.
    As I've read something new is going to appear, like blockchain-based social network where no one would collect all out information.
    Let's wait and see.