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Youth Tlks - Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Facebook Print E-mail
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Written by By Kristen Jimenez   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

Social media are Internet sites where people interact freely, sharing and discussing information about each other and their lives. Often times, information that is shared can be viewed by many individuals whether you approve of it or not. That’s the power of social media. We can gain access of the most random material to the most secretive data. One of the most popular social media that captures the attention of a large population of youths is Facebook. Many times we fail to realize that the main reason why youths are inactive in their community is because they are too busy staring at a white and blue page on their cellular phones or computers. We can tackle this problem at heart if we simply eliminate this distracting factor. Do you know anyone who has stopped using Facebook and it’s got you thinking of reasons to quit Facebook? Some people couldn’t imagine their lives without Facebook, but everyone has pondered the thought at one time or another. Here are excellent reasons to quit Facebook, gathered from observation, which might actually convince you to delete your account too…

1.  Privacy Please
Privacy, or lack thereof, is one of the biggest reasons to quit Facebook for many people. Facebook’s privacy policy has always been somewhat controversial and many people don’t like the idea of their information being used for Facebook’s benefit. People also complain that it’s difficult to completely delete your account, whereas it’s very easy to deactivate your account where all information on your profile is saved. When over the age of eighteen, you become searchable on browsers such as Google.

2.  Get Personal
Social media can sometimes eliminate the need to call or see people, which many people see as a reason to quit Facebook. If writing on walls and private messaging on Facebook has replaced all communication with friends, it might be time to give it a break and reconnect on a more personal level! Social interactions give rise to great experiences. Get offline and call people up to get status updates!

3. Time Flies
Let’s face it, Facebook can be a huge time waster and many people have found that to be one of the top reasons to quit Facebook. You log on to see your notifications and before you know it, you’re getting instant messages, private messages and looking at your friend’s vacation photos and hours have passed! Use that time to do something nice for yourself or someone else instead of just zoning out in front of your computer!

4. Compare And Contrast
Another excellent reason to quit Facebook is that many people end up comparing their lives to others and end up feeling bad about themselves. If you go through your news feed and feel like everyone is out living it up or accomplishing all these great things while you’re living at home or you’re stuck at a job you hate, this can easily get to you and get old fast!
5. You Don’t Actually Know Your “Friends”

When you first started your Facebook account, you became friends with your actual friends, family members, and co-workers. However, it wasn’t soon after that friends of friends, old high school or college buddies, and even cyber friends became part of your circle of people you accepted on Facebook. Now it’s starting to get out of control and you don’t know who half of these people actually are! When you reach 500 plus people and most of them you have never met in person, it may be a good time to consider quitting Facebook, my friend!

6.  You Complain Too Much
You promised yourself that Facebook was only going to be a place to stay in touch with long distance family and friends. But instead of just checking in to see how Aunt Betty is doing in Florida or Julie is doing at college, you use Facebook as your personal journal where you complain about all of your problems. You sometimes feel as if others will relate to you, but in reality there’s no need to publicly display your problems, discuss solutions with close family and friends. If this sounds like you, shut it down and shut it down now!

7.  You Need Them to like You
Have you been waiting all day for someone to like your Facebook status or your new photo? If you are constantly checking in to see if someone has finally given you a “like,” then it may be a sign that you need to quit Facebook. You don’t need anyone to give you a “like,” you are an amazing person and you shouldn’t be sitting around waiting for your “friends” to make your day better. Go out and make it better for yourself.

When you quit Facebook you’ll inspire others to do the same. If you’re a teen reading this, show your friends how relaxing life feels now that you’ve shut down Facebook. You’re offline and outside where you get to enjoy more family time, walks, fresh air, and face to face interaction with your friends. You’re no longer online wasting time comparing your lives to that of others or wondering who can view your personal information

Facebook can be a fun way to connect with people from around the world and keep up with childhood friends but if you find yourself complaining too much about your life or what you see, as well as waiting around for likes to boost your self-esteem, think about these reasons to quit Facebook or just take a break from it and see if you feel differently about it. Become active youths in your society; help out your country to be a better place; join a youth group or establish one of your own; gain leadership skills through experience and field work. Get up now and get started. You might be surprised at how much easier your life is without it! Have you stepped up and quit Facebook yet?