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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #100 on: September 17, 2017, 07:02:13 AM »
I do not have facebook (although I made some $ on their stock a few years back!) 

I know myself well enough to recognize that I have an addictive personality.  FB would consume more and more of my time until my marriage and relationship with my kids was all F___ed-up.  Who needs that?

As someone mentioned above, it's "boast and bitch".  I'm not interested in complaining electronically and boasting just makes you a target and an asshole.  If I had kids and grandkids slung across the country, I could see the value maybe but I'd rather facetime/skype with them anyway. 

I don't need an electronic stage to soothe my need for attention.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #101 on: October 16, 2017, 06:27:44 PM »
Well, I did just use it to check on a number of folks I know from the Santa Rosa area - thankfully all alive and well and they even by-the-skin-of-their-teeth still have houses. One, thanks to standing out there with a hose while houses around him burned. I'd forgotten I still knew people there - so fb at least allowed me to vicariously figure that out.
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #102 on: October 18, 2017, 07:03:22 AM »
I took the twitter app off of my phone. I notice that I get bored of facebook more easily at home, so it really seems to be improving my quality of life.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #103 on: October 18, 2017, 11:29:55 AM »
Haven't gotten rid of my Facebook yet.  I'm around 500% gain on it since I bought it.  Admittedly I do think about selling it on occasion.

I reference FB info almost once a week.  Its how I find out if a trail/park is open or closed due to rain/events.  Some places just don't have independent websites.

Otherwise, its just a website to glean helpful info from time to time.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Don't hate it.  Don't love it.


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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #104 on: January 25, 2018, 08:30:03 AM »
I had two accounts. One that work seemed to be encouraging at one point. The other was a test account more or less - to see if I wanted to use Facebook. Alas I did not. Deleted it for reasons others have already detailed.

Its a time suck, I felt worse about myself, sucked seeing "friends" having fun who never call, boast and dash, everyone's "perfect life" (when I knew better), witnessing online ignorance or hatefulness by people I formerly respected or loved, etc.

Haven't logged into my work FB account in over a year. I'm glad they decided not to put as much energy in having all the employees there. And I don't mix work and personal life. Don't want the guy that sends something really off the wall and obnoxious to one of my bosses at work. ;)

We've encouraged older child to stay away from FB and they have. Second child is will very much be a social media consumer if allowed. Believes far too much of what they see online.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #105 on: March 28, 2018, 09:16:17 AM »
How many of you have deleted all your FB data and closed your account, after the recent Facebook data scandal?

FWIW, I deleted my account in 2014. I work in IT/CyberSecurity and noticed a lot of constant privacy settings changes, tracking, profile matching going on. Decided to quit cold turkey despite all the "you'll miss out on all your friends and family updates".

Ha! Jokes on them. Most of my social circle lives within 30 minutes. I was tired of the photo album dumps, the constant likes, the wall feeds had become MLM and BS piss troughs, so I thought the best time to quit was last week, the 2nd best time would be right now.

Did it, don't regret it.

Here's something technical for y'all: https://blog.acolyer.org/2018/03/26/information-flow-reveals-prediction-limits-in-online-social-activity/
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #106 on: March 28, 2018, 11:19:42 AM »
I deactivated my FB account yesterday.  Honestly it feels like going cold turkey on drugs or losing 20 pounds.  I feel so much better.  No one in my circle posted anymore because of the security concerns (except one person, whose posts I was never actually interested in), and all that was in my news feed was crazy political stuff and news I can get elsewhere.  The only thing I will miss are some of the groups I belonged to.  I'm hoping to find something similar off FB. 

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #107 on: March 28, 2018, 12:10:19 PM »
I deleted my account back in 2014. Only last year did I get a new account with very minimal amount of friends. The latest data sharing coupled with never really using the account made me decide to shut it down once and for all. I have no other social media accounts and prefer to keep it that way.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #108 on: March 28, 2018, 05:32:18 PM »
I check mine once every 2 weeks or so.  I should just shut it down.
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #109 on: March 28, 2018, 06:28:53 PM »
Yesterday I dowloaded the file from FB that contains" every data point they have on me" in a single zip file. I was shocked to see just how deep FB dug into my phone and scraped data/info from my non-FB apps that included my contacts telephone #s, names, etc. Frightening; this was just the tip of the iceberg.

Go d/l your full dataset now to see what theyve got on you.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #110 on: March 29, 2018, 07:32:19 AM »
I want to do an experiment where I start talking loudly about products/services I don't actually need/want (and have never searched for) and see if ads start popping up on facebook or other sites for them.
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #111 on: March 29, 2018, 12:13:22 PM »
I feel as though if you delete FB because of this, you at least owe some people from the site real paper Christmas cards. Cause that's how we all USED to stay in touch.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #112 on: March 29, 2018, 12:22:09 PM »
I feel as though if you delete FB because of this, you at least owe some people from the site real paper Christmas cards. Cause that's how we all USED to stay in touch.

Haha, I would think folks would be doing this with family and friends possibly anyway (although we never send Christmas Cards as it seems such a waste). I always rolled me eyes at people that had a thousands friends on there. I had less than 80 and knew everyone of them personally. 

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #113 on: March 29, 2018, 01:51:22 PM »
I still have FB but it is very narrow.  I have a very few “friends” and am a member of a few groups that I get value out of.  I also use it for my side hustle but that’s it.  I’m on FB maybe 10 min a day.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #114 on: March 29, 2018, 02:23:46 PM »
I still have FB but it is very narrow.  I have a very few “friends” and am a member of a few groups that I get value out of.  I also use it for my side hustle but that’s it.  I’m on FB maybe 10 min a day.

Same here...a couple groups is the ONLY thing that interests me in the slightest on FB anymore. 

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #115 on: March 30, 2018, 12:55:22 PM »
So I mentioned here that I deactivated my FB account a couple of days ago ... today I started getting push notifications on my phone about my friends' activity on FB.  Mmmm the siren song of FB push notifications. 

I deleted the FB app from my phone.  There! Problem solved!

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #116 on: March 30, 2018, 08:42:42 PM »
Good idea to dump the app. The app's ability to access the microphone, at its will, has been an ongoing discussion in privacy. Beyond Facebook's marketing initiative, facial recognition software, and data mining, they are nothing more than a big business selling your data.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #117 on: March 31, 2018, 01:12:39 PM »
So I mentioned here that I deactivated my FB account a couple of days ago ... today I started getting push notifications on my phone about my friends' activity on FB.  Mmmm the siren song of FB push notifications. 

I deleted the FB app from my phone.  There! Problem solved!
You deactivated the account. That simply means your account is dormant, and FB still has your data.
The FB app, especially on Android smartphones, records your call data and much more. But of course this was in the T&C users agreed to. While not illegal, it is being debated about being ethical and moral. If corporations are people, they should stick to the same morals that civilized humans conform to.
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #118 on: March 31, 2018, 02:00:28 PM »
I did it. I completely deleted my facebook account.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #119 on: April 04, 2018, 10:36:38 AM »
Good for all of you.. I still go on there more than I'd like to. One thing you can do if you want to be on a specific group is bookmark that group's page and then just go to that url instead of facebook.com, basically bypassing possibly getting sucked into the feed like it is designed to suck you in..

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #120 on: April 04, 2018, 03:02:17 PM »
I deleted the app off my phone, but still have my account as I'm an admin for the local bike trail system advocacy group. Log in via the desktop once and awhile or when I need to publish something (but I can also use Hootsuite for that, so... really.) Never been happier.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #121 on: April 04, 2018, 03:21:20 PM »
I deleted the app off my phone, but still have my account as I'm an admin for the local bike trail system advocacy group. Log in via the desktop once and awhile or when I need to publish something (but I can also use Hootsuite for that, so... really.) Never been happier.

I am thinking of doing this (deleting the app and only going desktop)... noticing the time suck on the phone is huge.

Turned off most notifications and went through the settings and ad preferences and turned as much as I could off. Sick feeling inside that some apps that I deleted long ago were still getting access to my data because Facebook was logged into the profiles :(

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #122 on: April 05, 2018, 05:19:35 AM »
I joined the club yesterday and deactivated my account. I've left probably a dozen times but always end up back in. Hoping this is the last time!

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #123 on: April 05, 2018, 05:28:59 AM »
I joined the club yesterday and deactivated my account. I've left probably a dozen times but always end up back in. Hoping this is the last time!

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Good luck! I've also left and come back in the past many of times. This last time I've made it stick though. It's been about 5 months now and don't really miss it much. However I was never one to post much, more of a lurker but I still checked it far to often.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #124 on: April 05, 2018, 08:46:16 AM »
I'm in. I just deactivated my account. I'm in some great groups, deleted the app from my phone, and had installed the news feed blocker extension, but it was way too tempting to check FB compulsively any time I got the least bit bored.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #125 on: April 08, 2018, 12:25:57 PM »
Joined the club! Facebook deleted! I've deactivated twice before but ended up reactivating for really no good reason.

My next goal is Instagram, which will be a bit more difficult for me

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #126 on: April 12, 2018, 11:27:25 AM »
I'm in. I just deactivated my account. I'm in some great groups, deleted the app from my phone, and had installed the news feed blocker extension, but it was way too tempting to check FB compulsively any time I got the least bit bored.

If you are going to keep your FB account, I think having it off of your phone can help you gradually wean yourself off of it ( because..lets face it...FB is an addiction for some ).   

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #127 on: April 12, 2018, 11:59:21 AM »
Oh yeah, I did that, deleted Facebook, Twitter and Instagram off my phone. I still have my Facebook account because most of my friends use it to organize events. So I will log in, right before I head out, to make sure something isn't cancelled, or to look up information about an event.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #128 on: April 16, 2018, 06:52:43 AM »
I agree (from personal experience) that the difference between using it on phone and using it on a desktop is substantial. I used to be so much happier in the desktop-only days.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #129 on: April 29, 2018, 07:03:22 AM »
This post inspired me to take a FB break about three months ago. My wife and I agreed to do it together and only check it on the first of each month. She was weak and broke down in about 3 days. For me, it was the best thing I've ever done since quitting cigarettes.

Unfortunately, my new free time has been taken up by YouTube. I go down these rabbit holes that usually last for a week at a time. Last week I was planning the Pacific Crest Trail, and this week, I'm looking into micro-dosing with psychedelics. Luckily, my plan to FIRE in 2025 is not just a phase!

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #130 on: May 29, 2018, 01:45:22 AM »
This post inspired me to take a FB break about three months ago. My wife and I agreed to do it together and only check it on the first of each month. She was weak and broke down in about 3 days. For me, it was the best thing I've ever done since quitting cigarettes.

Unfortunately, my new free time has been taken up by YouTube. I go down these rabbit holes that usually last for a week at a time. Last week I was planning the Pacific Crest Trail, and this week, I'm looking into micro-dosing with psychedelics. Luckily, my plan to FIRE in 2025 is not just a phase!
On a related note, I use YouTube a lot to check construction techniques, tool reviews, electronics or math self ed or best practices for woodwork and all that...
Until last week, the “suggested” videos were quite pertinent and usefull.
Howether, since last Saturday, YouTube has decided to bombard me with lifestyle vlogs and streaming video games - both of which have far less interest to me than pear production in 1700’s Yorkshire.
It seems that no amount of clicking “not interested” will change this.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #131 on: June 06, 2018, 09:41:35 AM »
This post inspired me to take a FB break about three months ago. My wife and I agreed to do it together and only check it on the first of each month. She was weak and broke down in about 3 days. For me, it was the best thing I've ever done since quitting cigarettes.

Unfortunately, my new free time has been taken up by YouTube. I go down these rabbit holes that usually last for a week at a time. Last week I was planning the Pacific Crest Trail, and this week, I'm looking into micro-dosing with psychedelics. Luckily, my plan to FIRE in 2025 is not just a phase!
On a related note, I use YouTube a lot to check construction techniques, tool reviews, electronics or math self ed or best practices for woodwork and all that...
Until last week, the “suggested” videos were quite pertinent and usefull.
Howether, since last Saturday, YouTube has decided to bombard me with lifestyle vlogs and streaming video games - both of which have far less interest to me than pear production in 1700’s Yorkshire.
It seems that no amount of clicking “not interested” will change this.
I agree. Same with me, I watch a bunch of videos on fixing cars and DIY/Home improvement. Now YouTurnTube is all about strategically placed Audi ad-videos. "Not Interested" don't work.
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #132 on: June 06, 2018, 09:49:54 AM »
How many more of y'all are quitting now that FB has admitted to selling info to phone manufacturers?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/05/facebook_device_data/

http://fortune.com/2018/06/06/facebook-data-phone-china-huawei-congress/

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Huawei was founded by a former People’s Liberation Army engineer called Ren Zhengfei, and its overseas expansion has been largely funded by lines of credit from state-owned Chinese banks. Neither of these facts is particularly unusual for a Chinese company, but they have certainly fed into a perception that Huawei, like ZTE, is not to be trusted.
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #133 on: June 07, 2018, 11:41:24 AM »
I have a large proportion of friends that primarily use FB as a way to communicate as well as plan events.

You can deactivate and still maintain messenger usage, but you can't delete. I tried deactivating but found it was harder to coordinate with my people. So I was getting value from it that way. I reactivated and came up with another solution -

Most of my friends don't post very much and basically I have "unfollowed" every person I don't keep in touch with any more or anyone who posts annoying things. So now facebook for me is a glorified contacts list and group chat application. I unfollowed people and pages to the point that there is so little content I don't have much of that addictive impulse to endlessly scroll - it's all nothing I really care about and in 2 seconds I am already back to the posts from yesterday. I never thought I could beat that urge without deleting completely, but it worked.

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #134 on: June 10, 2018, 07:21:03 AM »
Around 99% of my professional colleagues are on fb, and my field is very "cliquish" (i.e., childish). The past 2-3 years, I've given in and responded to and accepted friend requests, however lately, I do regret not separating work from personal more...but it seems I am the only one who feels weird about the blurred lines????

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #135 on: June 10, 2018, 02:13:51 PM »
Around 99% of my professional colleagues are on fb, and my field is very "cliquish" (i.e., childish). The past 2-3 years, I've given in and responded to and accepted friend requests, however lately, I do regret not separating work from personal more...but it seems I am the only one who feels weird about the blurred lines????
I’m with you! I believe LinkedIn should be used for professional contacts while Facebook should be reserved for family and friends.

And just today I unfriended a bunch of current and former Facebook friends I used to work with. The reason I did it — I became upset after seeing photos of two former colleagues that appear to be dating, and were previously married to other people.

 I spent way too much time researching to determine when they divorced their former spouses. And I wasted way to much brain power trying to recall how much I spent on wedding and baby shower gifts when the female former colleague first got married ~5 years ago. And then I got upset when I thought about how this relationship was likely brewing back when we all worked together and how my former female colleague  likely received preferential treatment from our boss at the time (her now current boyfriend) because he had a crush on her.........you get the idea. This stuff is not worth my time! So congrats to those that deleted Facebook!
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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #136 on: June 15, 2018, 09:29:27 AM »
Deleted Facebook 5 years ago and never looked back.  I don't miss it at all.

I have a hard time getting rid of Twitter.  There are a lot of fun jokes to read, but a lot of horrible news that is not great for my mental health (not to mention what a time suck it is).

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #137 on: June 16, 2018, 08:30:19 AM »
I did it. I completely deleted my facebook account.

#deletefacebook

^^^Haha!!! I see what you did there.

I need to unfollow some people. Seems most of my fb friends have also become weary of the bullshit though, and don't post as much. I do like seeing pics of kids of family members who don't live close.

I do enjoy looking back at my posts and pics over the years, though. Wonderful memories. It's like I had a diary. Someone should invent an online diary where you can also post pics....or maybe they already have?

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #138 on: June 17, 2018, 07:28:48 PM »
I only have the facebook messenger app on my phone which nowadays is one of the most common technological form of communication which I am ok with (bonus perk is it's "free" to use unlike text/talk under my phone service).  I only connect under wifi on my phone which I have access to at work and home. It has a video chatting feature too which is cool.

As for the actual website of facebook, I occasionally go on and scroll through the wall which I regret oftentimes lol. I do enjoy seeing how people are doing and seeing pics of them and their family. Also sometimes things on there make me laugh or learn something interesting. The downside is the amount of trash you have to go through :/

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Re: Got rid of Facebook
« Reply #139 on: June 17, 2018, 07:37:24 PM »
I have deactivated all social media (snapchat, facebook, instagram) and feel way better for it