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Could You Quit Facebook For 99 Days?

The "99 Days of Freedom" campaign suggests that a Facebook hiatus could make you happier. Will you accept the challenge?

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Kristin Burnham
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8/1/2014 | 8:59:14 AM
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@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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7/31/2014 | 11:25:20 PM
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@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.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/31/2014 | 11:21:33 PM
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> "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.
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.
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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7/29/2014 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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