Deleting Facebook

Brian X. Chen, The New York Times:

The social network’s long-stated mission has been to connect people so that we can live in a more open world. But after being off Facebook since October, I found that I did not feel less connected and that my social life didn’t suffer, even though I was no longer seeing status updates and pictures on my News Feed.

I had a similar experience after leaving Facebook a few years ago. Conversations with close friends persisted and moved to different platforms, my Instagram ads skewed to the point of becoming intolerably odd and persistent (this could also be attributed to my propensity for leaving and rejoining the platform — I'm off it now and don't have any existing plans to return.

“If you have the tracker blocker and deleted your Facebook account, you’ve exited,” said Gabriel Weinberg, the chief executive of DuckDuckGo, which offers internet privacy tools including a web browser that blocks trackers.

I'd suggest using an adblocked regardless of whether you delete your account but doing so does help add to the sense of finality upon exiting the platform.

I don't miss the platform because connections with friends have persisted in its absence. If anything I think Facebook generates a false sense of connection by amplifying noise from people you wouldn't have otherwise remained in touch with.

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