We all want to quit Facebook and delete our account at some point. Some of us become all to aware that the site is a Pavlov conditioner that has us photographing our lives at their peak moments for the sake of our news feed and random friends. Some of us grow addicted to the lives of others and uncover our inner voyeur. Whatever the reason, there are hordes of us out there that want, at some point, to quit Facebook and delete our accounts, but don’t’ want to lose touch with all their friends on the service. I thought I’d share the 5 different ways to quit using Facebook too often, without having to actually quit Facebook.
1. Delete Your Wall
Years ago, the wall was a bulletin board full of app profile boxes and sporadic comments and game scores. Today’s it’s a streamlines area where people can show you they care about you by commenting on it, and all your activity is documented so people can see what you’re doing. Some people have grown so attached to their wall that they prefer the joy it brings over sex. So if you’re interested in cutting yourself off from that addiction, without sacrificing the communication tool that is Facebook, just delete your wall. People have suggested many ways, but my suggestion is to use the Facebook Privacy settings and ensure that none of your content is shareable to anyone. This allows you to remove your wall, but you’re still accessible in case friends want to message you or play games with you. It’s a semi-quit.
2. Turn Off All Email Notifications
This can be surprisingly effective, as these days we get pinged about every new notification and wall post that anyone posts on the service. You’ll be surprised how less intrusive Facebook will become if you just check in occasionally, rather than rushing there every time somebody has something to say about you, or tags you in a photo. See how to do this in the “Notifications” setting in “My Account” below:
3. Get A Time Limiter Plugin or Extension
Imagine a middle-aged nanny standing beside your computer at all times, doing nothing but reminding you when you’ve exceeded your daily limit of Internet usage. Sound great? It isn’t… unless you’re trying to stop wasting so much time on sites like Facebook. I personally am a Google Chrome user, and the extension you need is called Chrome Nanny. It lets you block your Facebook usage to any time you want… let’s say 5 minutes a day.
4. Use Private Facebook Groups with your Friends/Family
I’ve seen several groups of friends/family create one of the revamped Facebook Groups. The advantage with this is that it’s almost like a separate area of Facebook altogether. You can bookmark the group, jump in and see what your actual friends/family are saying to each other rather than to the wide world of Facebook. If you get used to this style of using Facebook, you’ll definitely find that you’re using the service for useful information pertaining to your own life, rather than a lot of the wasted time that can occur on almost every other area of Facebook. I have to warn you, this one requires discipline: it’s only one click back to the wide world of FB.
5. Delete Some Friends
This one, we have all considered, and it’s not the worst thing in the world. I’ve seen several people do this by first posting a status message indicating “I’m cleaning up my Facebook contact list. Send me a message in the next few days if you want to stay on.”Â I’m not going to lie and say this strategy doesn’t ring narcissistic, but I will say that when all’s said and done, you might actually have yourself a functional social network, rather than a news feed full of FarmVille notifications and photos of a ten-year old acquaintance’s trip to Cancun.