I deleted Facebook from my iPhone and my iPads before Christmas and I haven’t missed it once. Not once.
I’ll admit, I still have a Facebook account. I access it about once a week, to check out photos of my nephews and nieces and administer a business page I have there. But gone are the days of checking it several times a day and, dare I say, over-sharing?
I know I’m not alone in being creeped out by Facebook’s behaviour over the last couple of years. Combined with the realisation that I was spending too much time on a social site that I had come to dislike intensely (I won’t say ‘hate’), it didn’t take a genius to figure out I needed less of it in my life.
And as my iPhone is rarely out of my hand, that was the first place to become Facebook-free. A few days later, I got an alert on my iPad Pro, which annoyed me by its very existence. So Facebook got deleted there too. Having to log in via a browser when I happen to be in front of my laptop or desktop means it’s no longer a tempting prospect.
I’m not naive. I still use WhatsApp and Instagram, so Mark Z and his boys and girls still scrape all the private data they need from those sources, I’m quite sure. But having less Facebook in my life has been undoubtedly a very, very good thing.
And as for Facebook Messenger? If I could set fire to it and throw it from the top of a very high mountain, I would…