It’s time to be honest with yourself – deep down inside you want to get rid of your Facebook account. Your so-called friends’ political views, passive-aggressiveness, dumb memes, people showing their best life despite you knowing that they’re miserable. Let’s not even attempt to discuss Facebook misinformation. The Coronavirus and its associated physical isolation have only increased those brain-cell-killing posts. It is overwhelming and none of it is making you feel better.
Your argument might be that you need to keep your Facebook account because you want to stay in touch with your family, your close friends whom you haven’t seen in decades, and that one dude who just posts the funniest things. Right, we don’t want to ditch those people and you certainly don’t have the phone numbers of your relatives. Oh, and you’re also in a few groups with like-minded individuals who post awesome obscure pictures that are relevant to your interests. Right.
The good news is that Facebook allows you to delete your account without actually deleting your account, or deactivate it. The deactivation deletes your account as it existed but it still allows you to retain the Facebook messenger. And that allows you to stay in touch with all your people. Furthermore, if for some reason you want your account back in the future (you won’t), you can always reactivate it.
The messenger app on your mobile device is a stand-alone app. With it, you can message all you important friends after deactivating your account, as if your account is still there. But it is only the messenger app. If you need to manage Facebook pages, as in for your business, or use the Facebook Marketplace, you will need a full account. This is where you need to make a choice: forget those things or create a ghost account to access them.
To deactivate your Facebook account, go into settings, then “Your Facebook Information”, and there you should see a tab for “Deactivation and Deletion”. Facebook likes to periodically change the access to all the settings just to mess with us and we’ll update this post as that happens.
We can promise you that in two days you will feel relieved, be more positive, and have some extra time on your hands. If you still choose not to deactivate your Facebook account, follow us on there. 🙂
Still not convinced? Check out this study from the researchers at Stanford University and New York University. The TL:DR crowd can see the Salon.com article on the study. The only question you should be asking yourself id what will you do with your new found time?
“Deactivation caused small but significant improvements in well-being, and in particular on self-reported happiness, life satisfaction, depression, and anxiety.”