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Quitting Facebook: should you consider virtual identity suicide?

Perhaps you’ve had a few friends quit Facebook recently, or maybe you’re considering doing so yourself, either way,Facebook quitters are on the rise. But why?  

There are several reasons, internet privacy, internet addiction and content are the main three that we’ll explore.

Internet Privacy - Quitting Facebook  Reason no 1

Sharing any type of information online is never without its risks. It’s a simple fact, we can never know for sure who is on the other side, or who might be attempting to actively target you.  With 83 million fake Facebook accounts, it’s clear that not all users are there for good, and that in fact, quite a few are there to conduct in questionable behavior. Read more on how not to share more than you mean to on Facebook.

Internet Addiction - Quitting Facebook  Reason no 2

It has been reported that sites like Facebook have an addictive quality. How many times a day do you check Facebook? Do you feel like you’re missing out if you’re not constantly reviewing your News Feed? How often do you post on Facebook? It can be quite scary to really sit back and consider how much time you spend engaging with others on Facebook, would you say that you overuse the site, and find it irresistible to check online status updates?

Content : Quitting Facebook  Reason no 3

With the introduction of Facebook all those years ago, we became an increasingly voyeuristic culture, and as a result we started to lose face to face, offline interactions, replacing them with posts, tags, status update, profile pictures and private chats. As Facebook grew in popularity, we saw users begin to create unique online persona’s, curating their content within the profile on the site to project what they wanted to the world. We’ve all got those friends that seem to constantly be on holiday, dining out at fabulous restaurants, etc etc. The lack of genuine realness bothers some Facebook users enough that they have quit the site, no longer wishing to waste their time reviewing this type of content within their news feed. Sites such as suicidemaching.org, or quitfacebookday.com speak to the sheer number of individuals no longer wishing to participate with Facebook. Would you consider quitting Facebook?

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.

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