I’ve Deleted My Facebook Account

Yes, that is right. My account was deactivated about a week ago. Today, I logged in and deleted it. You may be saying to yourself, “Wait, I heard you can’t do that! I heard it was next to impossible to do that! HOW DID YOU DO THAT?!” Well, my friends, it was exceedingly easy. I too once thought it was nearly impossible to do. I’ve heard stories about having to delete all your photos, wall posts, information, untagging yourself from all photos. I’ve even heard that you have to print out a form, sign it and mail it to them. All of this is not true.

You may be saying to yourself, “Well, how then is this possible my dear friend Kip?” Well, you head over to this address: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

Just login, go there, and then click the button to delete. Put in your password and fill in the CAPTCHA. Click the little blue button then wait 14 days. Yes, 14 days. They give you time to change your mind.

You may now be asking, “Why Kip? Why? Why would you take such a huge leap in the age of digital revolution and communication?” Well, my dear friend Zachary Whitten wrote on his blog about an update to the Terms of Service (TOS) over at facebook.com. http://www.brainreleasevalve.com/?p=2789  He points out that they’ve decided they own everything you put on facebook. Forever. I don’t like this. Not to mention that I don’t really use it very much and well, I think it’s stupid. The few times that I am contacted on FB it’s usually either by someone that I don’t care to hear from or, it’s someone that lives within 10 miles of me and owns a phone. So, what’s the point of it? CALL ME.

I guess it’s just that I’m over the whole thing and just don’t care anymore. I guess I used to tolerate it because I had friends spread all over the country and sometimes the world. I still have friends all over the country and the world but, I have email and so do they. If someone wants to contact me from Japan, they can email me. It doesn’t come with a TOS that states that anything emailed is the property of some huge corporation. It doesn’t say that they can do anything with it that they want. It is mine and mine only. When I say that I really liked the Batman movie, no one collects that information for advertising purposes. Statistics aren’t being kept on what I like, what I don’t like, what I think, and who I talk to. I’m a very private person and well, the lack of privacy on Facebook has gotten so totally beyond what I can accept.

So why haven’t I deleted it earlier? This is a two fold reason. First, I had heard it was nearly impossible to do and didn’t want to go through the huge hassle I had heard it required. This, clearly, was not the case and has been remedied. Second, it feels like death. It feels like death because things like Facebook haven taken on such a heavy weight in our culture and mindset. It does so with our generation and the generation below us. I had the same problem when I deleted my MySpace account. It felt like I would be lost in the dark, unable to communicate with those around me. Unable to know what my friends and relatives were up to, thinking, doing, and feeling. I think this is unhealthy. Facebook doesn’t make you any closer to anyone. It doesn’t improve your life in any way. If anything, I believe it helps the quality of your life deteriorate. Constantly checking Facebook to see if anyone has messaged your, or poked you, or written on your wall. Odds are, they haven’t and if they have; it’s more than likely without much substance. Walls posts are a terrible way to communicate with a friend. Sure, it’s fun for a bit but, in the long run, does it make you any happier? or does it just add stress to you life. Maybe not in truck loads but, little bit by little bit.

And so, I have thus made the decision to follow the path of many who have chosen to throw Facebook in the trash heap it belongs in. Honestly, I’ve for a long time been jealous of people I meet that aren’t on Facebook. Honestly, I tend to look up to them in some way. Now, I join the ranks of those bucking the trend and saying, just because everyone else is on it, doesn’t mean I have to be.

I highly encourage all of my friends to follow in the foot steps of these great people and click the link above, click the button, fill out the form, click the last blue button, and have the strength  and determination of will to wait the 14 days without logging in and canceling the request. Take control of your own future, a future without the need to have 1,000 “friends” on Facebook.

I promise you, it feels damn good.

  • February 17th, 2009
  • Life
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