Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Facebook-free: Justin

Facebook-Free: Justin

I'm happy to introduce our next interviewee for my Facebook-free Project: Justin from Saskatchewan.

The basics:

Age: 23
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Passion: Learning
Length of time with FB account: 5 years
Amount of time since leaving FB: 4 years

Walk us through your decision to leave. Was it planned? Spur of the moment?

One day I logged on and realized that the Facebook definition of "friend" is different from what I consider a friend. I was reading through the posts and didn't care for anything I read, I thought about condensing my friends list to real friends and family so I would only have about 50 people.

But, I figured that my friends and I would keep in touch anyway if it was important to us via text or email so I couldn't really find a use to have Facebook anymore. I was also comparing my life to other people's and spent way too much time thinking about other people's trivialities. There is a quote by Theodore Roosevelt: "Comparison is the thief of joy," which I found to be true. A few months after barely using it and disliking nearly everything that people would post on it, I just deactivated it and never went back.

Main reason for leaving (in one sentence):

It didn't add anything to my life and distracted me away from just living.

Tell us what it's been like since leaving. 

It's been about 4 years and I don't miss it or think about it at all. Life is great, the simpler the better and Facebook is just one more thing to think about. Now instead of wasting my time reading what people I hardly know are doing, I spend it reading more important things.

What other social media do you still use, and what have you left? 

Instagram, and I just follow things I am interested in. It's not under my own name so no one I know can add me.

How do you socialize now?

Text, phone and occasionally email. The only thing that Facebook made easier was dating, though I still prefer actually having to ask the person out face to face. Also, now I only meet new people through friends or events, which isn't bad. My circle of friends is great.

What would you say to someone who's considering leaving Facebook? 

Why not try it? What does it actually add to your life? I bet you spend a lot of your time thinking about what other people are doing and subconsciously comparing your life to theirs.

Facebook has changed a lot since it was first released. Do you have any predictions about what it'll become in the future? 

I don't see it dying off, and if it does, something else will take its place. I have no idea how much more they could evolve it though.

Thank you, Justin!

Have you (or has someone you know) left Facebook? I'd love to feature you (or them) here! Please get in touch with me: @rebewithaclause or rebewithaclause [at] gmail [dot] com.
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