“When Facebook and its family of apps experienced a daylong malfunction last week, millions of people got a taste of what life would be like if the social network were out of their lives for good,” Brian X. Chen reports for The New York Times. “I can tell you more about that: I permanently deleted my Facebook account five months ago.”

“After being off Facebook since October, I found that I did not feel less connected and that my social life didn’t suffer, even though I was no longer seeing status updates and pictures on my News Feed,” Chen reports. “My friends and I continued making plans over email and messaging apps. So did my family. Same old, same old.”

“My wallet thanked me. I realized I was spending considerably less money on my usual guilty pleasure of buying clothing and cooking gadgets online because I was no longer seeing the relevant Facebook ads that egged me on to splurge. Over the past five months, my online shopping purchases dropped about 43 percent,” Chen reports. “For me, it turned out that without Facebook, there wasn’t much I really missed out on — except targeted ads.”

“Over the 14 years that I used Facebook, I accrued about 500 friends. Most were former classmates whom I had lost touch with,” Chen reports. “In my real life, I have about 20 friends I talk to on a regular basis. So when I finally deleted Facebook, the fallout was underwhelming. Those same friends kept in touch over iMessage, Signal or email. We still get dinner or go to the movies together.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take:

If Facebook disappeared tomorrow, the world would be a better place.

We use FaceBook as an RSS feed. Our CMS automatically reposts our article headlines and links them back to our website. That is our only interaction with Facebook and has been our only interaction with Facebook for years. We deleted our personal accounts [which we opened only so we could understand the Facebook phenomenon] many years ago.

If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook.MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018

If you haven’t already (as if you haven’t seen and heard more than enough), as we’ve been advising for years: #DeleteFaceBook!

As we wrote last May, “If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane.”

SEE ALSO:
Facebook stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text for years; Change your Facebook and/or Instagram password now – March 21, 2019
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton renews call for users to delete Facebook – March 18, 2019
New York investigating at least eleven iOS apps for transmitting personal data to Facebook, including ‘sexual activity’ – March 1, 2019
These apps are stealing your most private data and it should be a crime – February 25, 2019
You give apps your sensitive personal information, then they tell Facebook, even if you have no connection to Facebook – February 22, 2019
Apple blocks Facebook from running all of their internal iOS apps by revoking distribution certificate – January 30, 2019
Apple bans Facebook’s ‘research’ app that paid teens to install VPN that spies on them – January 30, 2019
Hidden documents reveal how Facebook made money by bamboozling children – January 18, 2019
Roger McNamee: I mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I loved Facebook. But I can’t stay silent about what’s happening. – January 17, 2019
Apple CEO Cook calls for U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation in TIME op-ed – January 17, 2019
Senator Marco Rubio introduces privacy bill to create federal regulations on data collection – January 16, 2019
Apple endorses comprehensive privacy legislation in U.S. Senate testimony – September 26, 2018
Trump administration working on federal data privacy policy – July 27, 2018
It’s past time for you to STOP USING FACEBOOK – March 19, 2018