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Could You Quit Facebook For 99 Days?
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Alison_Diana
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7/11/2014 | 2:17:36 PM
Tough Call
I've cut down on Facebook a lot versus a few years ago, but don't want to stop visiting the site -- although I'm sure I could. (Twitter would be tougher to give up for three months!) It's not FB, per se; it's the people with whom I stay in touch primarily through FB, many of whom are not on Google+ or Twitter that I'd miss. If there was another platform that most of these people used, I'd have zero problems switching over since I don't have any product loyalty in this case. 
Thomas Claburn
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7/11/2014 | 3:58:36 PM
Re: Tough Call
>It's not FB, per se; it's the people with whom I stay in touch primarily through FB, many of whom are not on Google+ or Twitter that I'd miss. 

That's exactly it. Because everyone uses Facebook, you have to use Facebook. If my friends and relatives were all tech-savvy coders, I doubt any would be on Facebook. But many take no interest in technology and just want an easy way to communciate. Facebook is the Internet for people who don't care about the Internet.
Alison_Diana
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7/11/2014 | 2:21:13 PM
Happiness Boost?
As to whether quitting Facebook makes people happier, I'd argue that if you're doing anything so much that you're isolated and then quit, it's probably going to make you feel better. Does this group want people to just quit FB or do they suggest folk stop using all social media (an impossibility for many of us who have to use it for work)? Unless you're cyberstalking, there are a lot more harmful things you can do with your time than 'like' FB statuses or post cat photos. 
Kristin Burnham
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7/11/2014 | 2:47:23 PM
Re: Happiness Boost?
Probably a lot more productive things you could be doing, too :-)

I'm guessing that the "happiness boost" is likely related to the drop in "my-life-is-so-great" posts that are prevalent on Facebook. If you stop seeing how (sometimes artificially) happy people are, you stop comparing yourself to them.
Shane M. O'Neill
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7/11/2014 | 2:26:12 PM
Good idea
Pre-Instagram I would have had trouble dropping Facebook for 99 days. But so much of my social media interaction has moved over to Instagram that I could handle a FB hiatus. And yes I would probably be happier. I may try this.
Gary_EL
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7/11/2014 | 2:45:46 PM
Wouldn't and prpbably couldn't
I work at home, and Facebook is my equivalent of the "water cooler." I'd be very unhappily isolated without it.
Kristin Burnham
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7/11/2014 | 2:51:20 PM
Re: Wouldn't and prpbably couldn't
I agree, Gary. I also work remotely, which can be isolating at times. You need that water-cooler fix.
JeffC649
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7/11/2014 | 4:42:04 PM
99 Days?
Eh... I quit Facebook for good almost four years ago and have not had the slightest desire to go back. Good riddance to that time-wasting privacy violation.

Could I quit it for 99 days? I don't think I could stomach using it for 99 days...
lbritton7
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7/11/2014 | 4:57:17 PM
Oh the self indulgence!
I struggle to understand why anyone cares about what I or anyone does on a daily basis? Here is an idea, take a walk, talk to your kids, run a non-profit for the neediest children in your community. Sure there are some good things you can do with facebook when it comes to charity events, class reunions, etc but posting about your daily life, really, why? I had a neighbor post that I was up on my roof cleaning the gutters and don't we have enough money for hired help, the street exploded with gosip on Facebook. When someone asked what I thought about her comments, I told her,  "I am not on Facebook and never have been besides, who is using their time more productively, she or I"? After that I went for a 6 mile run.
YaarovS134
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7/11/2014 | 5:28:32 PM
The face of freedom in one week without FB or any social networking
Day 1 :| 

Day 2 :{ 

Day 3 :( 

Day 4 :[ 

Day 5 :S 

Day 5 :F 

Day 6 :B 

Day 7 :FB 
anon1351482116
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7/11/2014 | 5:30:08 PM
no problem
I stopped this year in the middle of February after being active on FB daily since February 2008. I used to have it open all the time and would react every time there was a notification on my phone, and that's not healthy. I am happier without it.
ocardaugh
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7/11/2014 | 5:38:38 PM
Have already quit.
Got tired of the insanity and feeling like a lab rat, so I quit a week ago. Not missing it a bit.
Charlie Babcock
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7/11/2014 | 7:42:21 PM
Not to worry, covered by Facebook's terms of use
Yes, I could, but I would miss it. I like Drew Conry-Murray's suggestion that a few million of us conduct experiments on Facebook, that the slanted and misleading postings that we'd put up would be covered by Facebook's terms of use. Ha.
FaceOffTheBooks
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7/11/2014 | 7:52:53 PM
Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
Anyone you really care about you see quite often, the other 4,000 'friends' - really ?  It's not needed unless you are building a client list for potential customers.

Facebook is well past its prime, and more people are going back to the email & direct instant messaging on their phones - since most smart phones include messaging - and it is MUCH faster - why waste time bouncing things up and down to facebook.

The random experiments performed upon users only makes the situation worse, and did they even send an apology email to everyone they experimented on, trying to make them sad ? 

Take back control of your time and spend it with fiends in real time, in the real world, doing real things together.  You will experience much deeper relationships when they are not just another blip on the screen.

Unplug and Live your Life for Real!

 
CodyW052
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7/12/2014 | 8:25:56 AM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
to all those that feel you have to quit... you have deeper issues then you think. if you have to "quit" facebook to be happy, maybe you should be questioning how you define happiness. And to those that say "quit facebook and have a life", why can't one do both? Communication between individuals has skyrocketed with the use of technology. You get to see, cumminicate, and share things with your friends (and yes REAL freinds too) from all over the world like never before. You get to see others lifes and experiences, their children as they age, and all these thing that you coudln't before. How is this a bad thing? 

Can you do too much of one thing? Ofcourse, but doesn't mean the one thing has to be terminated, just simply balance it out. Quitting is not nessarasay and is very piontless. If you are an adult, act like one and stop being a whiny little baby.
Angelfuego
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7/13/2014 | 6:04:58 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
@Cody, I think some people have taken Facebook as a platform to be self-indulgent and contributes to the "It's all about me generation." I think some people use it as a forum to brag, post selfies, to live vicariously through others, and to be nosey. On the other hand, some people use it to keep in contact with people from afar instead of calling them, emailing them, or seeing them in person. Other people use it for advertisement, employment, and charitable purposes. I personally don't have any use or desire for Facebook and never had. I guess using Facebook makes some people happy. If that is what makes them happy, then who am I to complain? Whatever floats your boat.
Angelfuego
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7/13/2014 | 6:17:27 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
@Faceoffthebooks, I agree. I think some people use Facebook to try to boost their self-esteem and get validation from their "friends." I wonder if Facebook will eventually lose it's popularity. You would figure by now, the novelty would have worn away by now.
Susan_Nunziata
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7/14/2014 | 2:49:14 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
@Angelfuego: I didn't become a "superuser" of FB until 1. they improved the smartphone app and 2. I moved across the country, leaving behind many friends and family. FB became my way of keeping in touch with the people I care about across time zones and miles, and because the mobile app is now workable, I can connect anytime from anywhere.

That said, I'm probably an atypical user in that all the people on my FB are people I have first ineracted with in real life in some way.

If you look at the stats, FB is losing younger users even as it gains traction with folks my age. Hrm...
Kristin Burnham
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7/14/2014 | 4:18:28 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
That said, I'm probably an atypical user in that all the people on my FB are people I have first ineracted with in real life in some way. 

^^With all the concern about privacy, I hope (and imagine) that most people only friend people they know. I do wonder, though, why people friend people they don't know. What benefits does that have?
Angelfuego
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7/17/2014 | 6:00:03 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
@Susan, That is interesting. I wonder if the younger users are switching to another form of social media instead of Facebbok, if they are just withdrawing from social media all together, or if the younger generations are steering away from being first time Facebook users.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/29/2014 | 10:34:12 PM
Re: Already Did. Not Missing it one bit. More free time to do what I want to do.
@Angelfuego: There have indeed been numerous reports of teens abandoning Facebook -- seeing it as the more boring mainstream social site that their parents use -- for several other social networks.  Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and social question sites have become much more popular among that demographic.
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7/12/2014 | 3:05:49 AM
Group love
Yes I could and do regularly! I don't get alot of value from facebook, I prefer more personlized online expereinces. The group sharing is more of a privacy issue for me!
Kristin Burnham
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7/14/2014 | 4:19:17 PM
Re: Group love
Just curious -- what personalized online experiences do you prefer to Facebook?
Joe Stanganelli
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7/29/2014 | 10:37:12 PM
Re: Group love
@Kristin: The only personalized online experience I have ever particularly enjoyed (that I can recall, anyway) was old-school Netflix, with its once-excellent recommendation algorithm.

Gone are those days, however.  Now instead the site just insists on pushing a bunch of shows and movies I have no interest in on me.  It's pretty disgusting...and if there was better game in town for online TV show-watching, I'd switch at the drop of a hat.
PaulS681
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7/30/2014 | 5:08:53 PM
Re: Group love
This make me rememeber the days of Tivo where it would pick shows it think you liked based on what you watched/recorded.There was  apretty funny King of Queen episode on that.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/31/2014 | 11:25:20 PM
Re: Group love
@PaulS681: Well before the days of separate, individual profiles, my Netflix recommendations got all screwed up when I let my girlfriend use my account to watch her chick flicks and Victorian dramas.
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7/12/2014 | 8:42:24 AM
FB sells your info
They sell your info to govt wake up sheeple. The CIA even gave Zuckerberg a medal. You are being used and lied to don't be stupid delete your FB now.
anon3685626064
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7/12/2014 | 8:43:39 AM
No challenge
No need to. I am not on FB nor intend to join.
JohnM587
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7/12/2014 | 8:56:58 AM
Facebook has sold my email address to spammers
I have 100% proof of this because I use a special email address that only is used to login to face book. So in my opinion Zuckerberg is a criminal. Spamming is illegal.
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7/12/2014 | 12:28:39 PM
Facebook
I Quit FB back in '10, just didn't like the way they told me what I liked and didn't like. I do miss seeing  my kids pics. and seeing others but I don't want to use it and still complain about it.
charunnera
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7/13/2014 | 2:40:21 AM
I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
I joined Facebook back in 2004 when its use was restricted to a handful of Universities.  I've never considered it to be anything spectacular, but merely an example of a large, distributed relational database.  I signed up only because most students at my University had signed up which made it very easy to see WHO was in your lectures, labs, etc. for the purposes of coordinating group projects, exam preparation, etc.


Eventually, Facebook opened itself to anyone with a *.edu e-mail (all students) and to the general public as it is today.


At one point (I think it was around 2005) they started insisting that all users provide their date of birth to use the service... I wasn't going to provide that personal information so I kept ignoring their nag screens.  Eventually it got to the point where I was being nagged everytime I clicked on a link, menu, etc.  At that point, I closed my account and never looked back.  Since most of the people on FB I knew in real life, it was no great loss -- they simply continued to interact with me via e-mail, text messaging, my website, etc.

Today, I have no desire to use FB.  I hear about it in the news from time to time, but it is generally always with regards to privacy violations, government spying, or unethical practices on the part of FB.
Susan Fourtané
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7/13/2014 | 5:25:53 AM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
charunnera, 

I found your story fascinating, and interesting the fact that you closed your account the minute Facebook started to ask for personal information.

Weren't you able to use the service at the time unless you provided your date of birth? I am just thinking that at that point maybe what they were trying to do was no avoid underaged signing up for a Facebook account as a way to protect themselves.

What is your main reason today for not having the desire to use FB? 

-Susan  
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7/13/2014 | 3:28:17 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
@susan -- you are a hero!
Susan Fourtané
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7/13/2014 | 6:40:16 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
jastro, 

Why? 

-Susan
jastroff
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7/13/2014 | 6:45:03 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
Because you resisted the pull of Facebook!
Susan Fourtané
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7/13/2014 | 6:57:04 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
jastro, 

I don't know what you are taking about. :/ Maybe you have confused me with the person to whom I replied below? He is the one who hasn't used Facebook for a decade. 

-Susan
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7/13/2014 | 6:07:31 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
@Sara, Three of my former colleagues gave up Facebook for Lent. 2 of them returned to Facebook after Lent and the other one did not. At first, it was hard for her to fast from Facebook, but after awhile she didn't miss it.
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7/13/2014 | 3:29:30 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
I always think Facebook is AOL 2.0, or Prodigy 3.0 -- it's all been done before, in one way or another. FB made it work on the WWW, so it worked better
Angelfuego
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7/13/2014 | 3:57:03 PM
Re: I haven't used Facebook for nearly a decade
I've never had a Facebook page, nor do I ever intend on getting one.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/13/2014 | 8:27:24 AM
Oh, for goodness sakes...
This whole thing is cyclical.  Every so often, Facebook does something that makes everybody mad privacy-wise, and then there's all this talk of people quitting.

But they don't.  They won't.

Especially when no one is really innovating anything truly new and value-adding in the social media realm.

I wrote about this here about three years ago.  Not much has changed since then.  (And Tumblr has been so wildly mismanaged at this point perhaps the poor dear should be put out of its misery.)

(Give the link a minute to load; it's an archive.)
Kristin Burnham
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7/14/2014 | 4:26:55 PM
Re: Oh, for goodness sakes...
@Joe, cyclical indeed. I joined Facebook in 2004 and since then have only had a handful of friends deactivate their accounts. Most recently, one of them posted a message announcing he was leaving Facebook for good following its latest mod experiment. As much as people complain when it makes changes, etc, a very, very small percentage actually leave. This example of a planned "exodus" isn't the first, and it won't be the last.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/29/2014 | 10:29:09 PM
Re: Oh, for goodness sakes...
I myself have witnessed several Facebook friends announce they were deleting their Facebook accounts once and for all...only to see them crawling back a month or two later.

The day I decide to quit Facebook for good, there will be no big announcement from me.  I'll just be gone.
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7/13/2014 | 6:40:03 PM
social networking

This is an interesting article. I can see some would benefit from this however I think you would need to say social networking sites in general. If someone took this pledge but then spent their time on twitter aren't they defeating the purpose of the study?

Joe Stanganelli
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7/14/2014 | 12:27:06 AM
Re: social networking
It's just all anti-Facebook hullaballoo.  Same ol' same ol'.  This happens every now and then, news-cycle-wise, whenever some privacy issue comes up with Facebook.

Companies like Google, meanwhile, pull far more egregious privacy-infiltrating stunts on their users, but they get away with it as media darlings.
Kristin Burnham
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7/30/2014 | 3:39:08 PM
Re: social networking
One of my good friends left Facebook a couple years ago when she was looking for a new job because figuring out her privacy settings wasn't worth it to her. Now, though, she uses both Instagram and Twitter. Why?  Either your profile is public or private. Something to be said for simplicity.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/31/2014 | 11:21:33 PM
Re: social networking
> "left Facebook a couple years ago when she was looking for a new job because figuring out her privacy settings wasn't worth it to her"

It's really not that hard these days; it's all hype.  Figuring out your privacy settings on Facebook is the new "programming the VCR" in terms of technical aptitude/intelligence.
Kristin Burnham
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8/1/2014 | 8:59:14 AM
Re: social networking
@Joe I agree entirely, but you'd be surprised how many emails I get from readers and how many friends ask me to help them with their settings. It's easy for me since I cover Facebook, but I understand why it's confusing to others. Maybe I should start charging. :-)
Joe Stanganelli
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7/14/2014 | 12:25:09 AM
FB impact on "Happiness"
FWIW, I've found Facebook far less depressing and irritating once I discovered the "unfollow/unsubscribe" feature.  It's fantastic!  No more overinundation with stupid political posts or daily photoshoots of helicopter parents' kids!

Plus, I use "Most Recent" instead of the "Top Stories" filter, so it is unlikely that FB's study impacted me much.

I find Twitter and LinkedIn far more depressing and annoying than FB, actually.  FB is much more manageable in terms of what I see and what I don't have to see (as well as who can and can't see me).
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7/14/2014 | 2:37:20 PM
99 days? I haven't used FB for the last 6 months
LOL

Didn't like FB back then, still don't like it now.
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7/16/2014 | 5:03:37 PM
Re: 99 days? I haven't used FB for the last 6 months
I went on a vacation and not connecting to Facebook felt great.  I'm not a compulsive Facebook user.  In some cases, many people use Facebook obsessively, they post their mundane activities on it.  Personally, if one is to keep up with family and friends who live far away its great other wise. Moderation has always been my rule.


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