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Feb 01, 2019 17:25:37

Why I got rid of the Facebook app

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Julia Saxena

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I've been using Facebook for almost a decade now. For most of the time, I've not given much thought to how, when and for what I use Facebook. But this has changed lately. 

I'm following the Digital Minimalism movement (brought to life by Cal Newport) and have become very conscious of how I use social media. 

Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I realize that I'm not getting enough value from what I see. Holiday pictures from friends, ads, engagements, random updates, funny videos. It's easy to get sucked into the ever refreshing feed and before I know it half an hour is gone. And for what? 

Now, I prefer to catch up with friends in person only and have gotten over the fear to miss out. If something is really important, somebody will message or call. In return, I get more focus and less noise in my head (thinking about random people and things I saw). 

Funnily, the Facebook app came pre-installed on my Android phone. I couldn't even figure out how to delete it. Now it's kind of disabled.

If I really need to check Facebook, I'll do it on my laptop. That's enough!  

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    @juliasaxena I actually just deleted mine today as well! I've been reading and listening to some of Cal's stuff too, really resonates with me. Good luck with the "cleanse" - I'm sure we'll be better off without this distraction on our phones!

    David Neuman avatar David Neuman | Feb 01, 2019 15:00:21
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    @juliasaxena I like the approach! If I didn't need Facebook and Instagram to help grow a following I would probably completely delete both.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 01, 2019 10:40:25
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      @brandonwilson If you have a real use for it than it absolutely makes sense to keep it.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Feb 02, 2019 11:27:56
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