Some things that I have noticed since I quit :

- My family still loves me and still talks to me
- Old friends from high-school still talk to me
- Old friends from college still talk to me
- I still meet new people
- I still make new friends
- I still shop at local businesses
- I'm still aware of events in my community

Huh, it's almost like I never needed Facebook in the first place.

@adw I took this month off of FB. So far, the only thing that I've really missed is groups for various delivery jobs that I do. It's nice to know what's going locally to make more money.

Beyond that? World hasn't ended. :)

@adw question:
Do all your old friends have your number and address?
If not, how do they get a hold of you?

@Strit Phone number or email address mostly. A few people run messages through my parents or through my siblings. Some even write letters.

@adw lucky you. I dont have any numbers/email addresses for my old school friends. 😎

@Strit I had to do some work to make sure I had up to date information for everyone before I could do it.
Unfortunately delete Facebook isn't as easy as simply deleting Facebook. It took a couple of weeks and some phone calls to friends/relatives to really get myself to a place I could do it without potentially losing track of people.
But one positive aspect of this was I managed to reacquaint myself with friends who were not using Facebook thanks to other friends passing me their info.

@antonlopez @adw Yeah. Facebook has just been convenient while staying in touch. I dont think I will stay in touch "manually". To much work compared to gain.

@Strit @adw

Yes, it's obviously a different kind of connection. You see, Facebook (or any other social media) is just like reading the old mass emails to friends but disguised as status updates. So it's a very passive and standarized way of staying "in touch" (as unreal as that can get). It's a poor experience. I get a lot more out of a 5 min phone call than a month of social media.

@adw I learn more about my area through locally focused papers than I ever did on Facebook. Facebook sucks.

@adw Welcome to the Facebook Free Zone. It's glorious!

@adw That's good to know! I'm slowly reducing the time spend on facebook. I prefer to do it progressively to give time for myself and others to adapt. Doing good so far. Glad to know others are doing the same.

Some of the local associations of my neighborhood use Facebook as their only way of communication. Without a Facebook account, I struggle to keep informed about their activities. Did you find tools to mitigate this issue, something like Facebook pages to RSS feeds converters?

@adw Congrats! I quit Facebook years ago and have found my relationships have become stronger. The only downside has been a falling off with people I wouldn't bother to call, message, or email.

I've noticed that actually the most sociable people I know are rarely on facebook/twitter.


October, 2008. Bloke I was doing exams with:

— Are you on #Facebook?

— Nope, here's my #email.

— You should try Facebook.

— Nah, it's a daft idea.

Eleven years later, looks like I didn't miss anything.

Glad you held out from the peer pressure. I was not so strong. 😐


I work on the basis of the billion flies theory.


@adw I think what this tells me is that I don't have any real friends.

@adw you can add observing facebook addiction from the outside rather than being a part of it

@adw @rick_777 glad that is true for you. Not so much for me. But the people I talk to less I guess I don’t need as much in my life. 🤷🏼‍♂️

It's interesting how technology aimed to enhance our social relations. Instead, we ended up creating a feudalism of friendships.

It's not just using a media platform to get in touch with our family and friends; it has to be a billionaire company, and you have to follow its terms.

(Even more worrying is the monopoly of email; do one thing wrong and you lose EVERYTHING.)


@rick_777 @adw it was interesting to me at first. Now I wonder the ethics behind it all. :-/

@robert @rick_777
I still think there is some use to social media (obviously, I use Mastodon after all), but I agree that there are some ethical concerns that come along with social media which are only compounded when money becomes involved.

@xj9 @adw facebook is like facepalm but you do it with a book :putin_smug:

@adw do you use something else to keep in touch with old/remote friends?

@valerauko Just the old classics of phone and email.

@adw I might nuke mine because it is useless. And it harms your freedom
Things I've noticed since quitting Facebook:

All those seemingly unimportant minutes of checking a timeline added up to a lot of time I now put to better use

@adw Dude! That is awesome that you had a great success in deleting Facebook! We need more stories like this!

@adw you're lucky, I know a ton of people that practically will only talk/plan over facebook. I got off Facebook anyway but it's resulted in a loss of utility.
@moonman @adw Man. I just get grilled time to time for not having it by family. If it's brought up in conversation my friends will think it weird I'm not on there.
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