Deleting Facebook?

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Has anyone deleted their Facebook account? Any regrets? I'm thinking of deleting but then I'd lose all those connections (people from middle/high school, past coworkers, etc.) even though I'm sure I won't see them again. Also my memories of some of them have faded that I don't really remember how/where we met. But, it's nice to see how some people from high school are doing (even though we'll never meet again). I particularly look at the profiles of a few people, and while I'm happy for them I get a bit down.
I deleted my facebook account a few years ago now.. I have no regrets.. I did not really like the format of it anyway..
 

IlovelivingforJesus

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I deleted mine and I wish I hadn't. Some of the reason is because I could hardly get in touch with anyone without it lol. The other reason I was missing everyone. I have since made another account and i'm back on.
 

Angela53510

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I think FB is an incredible ministry. I run
an RA group, a bipolar group. I do talk about God, but gently. I accept people as friends from my groups, and God opens doors for me to share the gospel.

I am in a Bible study run by a former seminary professor on FB. This group has pastors, missionaries and seminary professors. They set such an amazing example, plus the wisdom of these people. We go chapter by chapter through the books of the Bible, and write down how God is speaking to us. We have a missionary (tent making) in China who gives us reports on the Coronavirus crises. A place for me to learn and contribute! CC is a great place to talk to Christians, but I have a heart for the lost, and FB is my mission field.

I also like Babylon Bee 🐝 which gives me a laugh or two, and I have joined many Canadian political groups. I am really able to minister the Lord in the bipolar group, including the Christians.

I think sometimes about deleting people I don't really know, but for now, everything stays as is.
 
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Has anyone deleted their Facebook account? Any regrets? I'm thinking of deleting but then I'd lose all those connections (people from middle/high school, past coworkers, etc.) even though I'm sure I won't see them again. Also my memories of some of them have faded that I don't really remember how/where we met. But, it's nice to see how some people from high school are doing (even though we'll never meet again). I particularly look at the profiles of a few people, and while I'm happy for them I get a bit down.
Facebook is a marketing information gathering tool, through which tons of data is compiled about people, keep the security high on it, but beware they change the rules a lot.
As well, know that unless you have put up a disclaimer all personal pictures etc., belong to Facebook.
Facebook is place where everyone tries to make their lives look wonderful...take it with a grain of salt. ;)
 

Lanolin

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yea I dont put personal pictures on there. I dont like it when people do that, (especially if I am in them) and I dont really need to know what people ate for lunch.

I guess it depends on if your friends are narcisissts but you can just unfollow anyone who gets that annoying.

I used to have msn messenger but when hotmail got spammed I changed to gmail but the chat function on there is not as good.

FB is better than some other social media like neighbourly where everyone just complains way too much.
I think depending on the company you keep, you can be uplifted and encouraged. Maybe join some christian groups or special interest groups.

Its not for everyone...but from the ones I've used, its tolerable. Linkedin was terrible to use it was pushy and self promoting and very very BORING.
 

presidente

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They won't be able to influence your vote if you do that.
 

Magenta

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The last time I was on facebook you could not delete your account :oops:
They made it like that for advertising revenue purposes. Look at all our prisoners! LOL
 

Lanolin

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you can delete it but is a complicated process and they try to guilt you into staying.
But it can be done as Ive deleted mine before.

You dont have to join it forever and also remember its up to you how you use it.
I dont have qualms culling contacts from my phone every now and again or updating my address book. same with facebook. you dont actually LOSE your friends if they are already friends with you and you see them a lot already.

I dont think I could realistically keep up with everyone I ever met. So dont make it harder on yourself. You CAN throw away that christmas card you will never display again. I give you permission to do that lol.

Facebook is not the same as the Lambs book of life. Where its God blotting out the anmes and adding them, and dont worry as Hes got thousands upon thosuands and tens of thousands of friends.
 
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I do not participate in social media. The closest I get are forums like CC where I remain anonymous. I just have never been interested in social media. Facebook is the one that disturbs me the most lol. I fought hard and got a LOT of flack about not having my daughter's pictures put on Facebook. I didn't want her entire babyhood and life plastered all over Facebook and subsequently the internet for a few reasons, but the primary being that I felt the Holy Spirit telling me very strongly not to allow this, and also that I want my daughter to decide what her internet presence will be when she's of the appropriate age, rather than her parents and relatives deciding for her. Yeah, lots of flack for not following the crowd and doing what everybody else does. (as a side note, I also really hate all the pressure of modern day parenthood where people want you taking pictures and video constantly of your kid)

I know that was a bit off topic, I apologize.

For being on topic, I think that people are far too wrapped up in their virtual social media communities, and it begs the question of how can you live a fulfilling life and have meaningful relationships with the people who are a part of that if you're too busy constantly staring at the screen and living inside of these virtual events and memories?

As Jesus talks about in Matthew 6, we should focus on living in the present, not the past or future. Being present in the lives of the people around us in a physical way, not just virtual, is what will bring fulfillment and happiness.

Another thing to remember is that even if it looks like someone has the perfect life when you look at their social media, that only tells a part of their life story, and it could even by a false story, one they fabricated. Everyone has troubles and no one has the absolute best, perfect life; that's something we can look forward to having in eternity with Jesus.

So if you feel led to delete your social media accounts, or you notice that they are bringing you down and distracting you from living and serving God to the best of your ability, then absolutely be done with them.

Personally, to me, a lot of what I see posted on relative's Facebooks (my husband has an account so I do see the posts sometimes) is what seems to be a lot of boasting, maybe even (if I dare say it) prideful-ness. I have seen social media be used for good though, I'm not trying to say it's all bad. Just that I wish people were less wrapped up in it, and more focused on living life and being there for the people in their life.
 

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Has anyone deleted their Facebook account? Any regrets? I'm thinking of deleting but then I'd lose all those connections (people from middle/high school, past coworkers, etc.) even though I'm sure I won't see them again. Also my memories of some of them have faded that I don't really remember how/where we met. But, it's nice to see how some people from high school are doing (even though we'll never meet again). I particularly look at the profiles of a few people, and while I'm happy for them I get a bit down.

I deleted mine a few years back. Hurt too much to see how much my family and the people I grew up with would badmouth God.

(sharing posts from "proud atheist" groups or lgbt or "jokes" where they try to make Jesus the punchline or just really bad things on their "timeline")

I offered my phone number to everyone then deleted my account without making a thing of it.


No regrets, very happy I made the choice.
 

I_am_Canadian

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Has anyone deleted their Facebook account? Any regrets? I'm thinking of deleting but then I'd lose all those connections (people from middle/high school, past coworkers, etc.) even though I'm sure I won't see them again. Also my memories of some of them have faded that I don't really remember how/where we met. But, it's nice to see how some people from high school are doing (even though we'll never meet again). I particularly look at the profiles of a few people, and while I'm happy for them I get a bit down.
I deleted mine years ago, and I have no regrets what so ever.
 

NOV25

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Has anyone deleted their Facebook account? Any regrets? I'm thinking of deleting but then I'd lose all those connections (people from middle/high school, past coworkers, etc.) even though I'm sure I won't see them again. Also my memories of some of them have faded that I don't really remember how/where we met. But, it's nice to see how some people from high school are doing (even though we'll never meet again). I particularly look at the profiles of a few people, and while I'm happy for them I get a bit down.
I deleted all social media a few years ago. I read sooo much more now, which I always wanted to do. My IQ may have even gone up a point or two.
No regerts 🙂
 
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Note to everyone - Every time you go online you are being tracked and info is being gathered every time you click on something. It doesn't matter if you have facebook or not. The browser you're using to view the internet is doing the same thing facebook does.
 

Isaiah263

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I'm contemplating deleting mine. My last sign on was 12/31/19. 1 month later, I don't miss it much.
 

Moses_Young

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Has anyone deleted their Facebook account? Any regrets? I'm thinking of deleting but then I'd lose all those connections (people from middle/high school, past coworkers, etc.) even though I'm sure I won't see them again. Also my memories of some of them have faded that I don't really remember how/where we met. But, it's nice to see how some people from high school are doing (even though we'll never meet again). I particularly look at the profiles of a few people, and while I'm happy for them I get a bit down.
So did you get rid of it already? Does it feel good, or are you still having withdrawal symptoms? :)
 
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Has anyone deleted their Facebook account?
I usually do not delete people. I just do not follow them. They are going to have to have almost professional quality photos before I follow their posts.
 

I_am_Canadian

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I have maybe 8 to 10 friends on Face Book that I haven't seen in 20+ years, just to keep up. If I can see you face to face, I don't "friend" you.
they can always call or write by mail. The internet is just a luxury, it's not a necessity.
 

Princesse

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Outside of business reasons, I don’t use social media. I made a conscious decision several years ago to keep my content professional and maintain that stance. I don’t have family connections or post information that isn’t available elsewhere. My friendships hail from a limited pool of entrepreneurs. I never accept requests from strangers.

The same holds true for groups. I limit my participation to paid products and others which complement my work. As for messenger, I never use it.