“Focus on how to be social, not how to do social.”
And in modern times, the best way to be social is through social media platforms like Facebook. As sad as it sounds, there is really not a lot of options left for this generation of kids and young adults. The jobs are harder to get, the schools are too far apart and for most of the young adults and kids, their social circle is just too far apart to have regular socialization off online social media platforms such as Facebook.
Despite this, there are many people who deactivate Facebook and even delete them. You may be one of them as well. But while you may want to do this, you may not know how to do it. We understand that for those who use Facebook a lot, it may be hard to understand why people Deactivate Facebook. So to quench this curiosity, we will answer this before we move on to the “Hows” of deactivating the Facebook account.
Do note that Deactivating Facebook and Deleting Facebook are two different concepts.
Why Do People Deactivate Facebook?
Over the course of the past few years, Facebook has become of the primary platforms of social media. While other platforms like Discord, Twitter, and Instagram do exist, Facebook has something different that attracts a wide range of people.
First of all, you can download any images without any copyright issues. Second, you can share virtually anything unless it is porn, gore, or banned images (let’s be honest facebook can never be as open as Reddit). Thirdly, you can add and communicate with virtually anyone you want, given that the said person also responds.
With all of these, why would anyone Deactivate their Facebook? The following are some of the most common reasons why people do that.
1. People Get Jobs
One of the primary reasons why people deactivate Facebook is because they get employed. Taking from experience we can say that once people get a job their time on social media drastically decreases. If said person has a social life in real life then why would they need to use Facebook? They have entertainment in their real life along with social connections after all.
Along with this, there is also an issue of lack of time as well. People who have jobs don’t exactly have a lot of time to idle on Facebook you see.
2. News Feed Chaos
Being Nepali we all are prone to Kandas and when a major one happens, especially the ones that cause heavy controversies, then your news feed gets filled with posts and stories of that Kandas. While a small amount of that can be ignored, sometimes it gets a bit too much.
If this lasts for a long period of time, people often deactivate Facebook. But those who deactivate Facebook, for this reason, don’t stay off for a long period of time as they still have attachments to this social media. As soon as the Kanda disappears, these people come back more often than not.
3. Exams and Coercion
In Nepal, this is the most common reason for people deactivating Facebook if they are in High Schools or below. It is often said that “staring at the wall becomes much more interesting when you have to study for the exams” and when you add the feature of Facebook, the reluctance to study for facebook increases.
Due to this many teens are coerced by their parents to deactivate Facebook and other social media during the exams, especially if that teen is prone to scoring low or failing in Exams.
4. Moving on
As soon as people talk about moving on, they think about moving on from their ex-relationship. While this is one of the cases, moving on doesn’t just mean that. It can mean moving on from one social app to another as well.
Yes, people do deactivate Facebook to move on from their ex-relationships but in this case, blocking them is easier and better than deactivating Facebook. But more than that, people deactivate this social platform because they move on to other social media platforms.
For those who use Discord, you know that it is one of the best social media for chatting. Along with this images are covered by Instagram and social groups are covered by Reddit. If one just wants to use one of these, other social platforms have it better.
Now while one can still move on to other social media without deactivating Facebook, since it will be unsupervised, many people who do this don’t take the risk.
Now, these are not all the reasons why people deactivate their Facebook account. Everyone is their own person and their reasons vary. These are just some of the more common reasons why people do this. Now that we have covered the “Why” let’s move on to the “How”.
How do you Deactivate Facebook?
Here is the thing, the “Why’s” of things are usually a bit more descriptive and complicated than the “How’s” and that is the same case here as well. The “How” of deactivating Facebook is simple. All you need to do is go to settings and choose to deactivate. The complete process is”
- Go to Facebook Settings
- Click on Account OwnerShip and Control (If you are using it on mobile)
- Click on Your Facebook Information
- Click on Deactivate and Deletion
- Select Deactivate Account
Once you complete these steps, your Facebook account will be deactivated. One thing that you should note is that you will still be able to use messenger even when you deactivate your Facebook account.
This means that while people can’t search or access your profile if you are connected with them, they can still send you messages.
The process of deactivating Facebook is rather simple, what is not so simple is the reasons why people do this. If you are someone who is fed up with Facebook but still wants to stay in touch with friends you made in there, this might just be the perfect thing for you.
Hope that this was helpful for you. If you have any suggestions for us, do leave them down in the comments below. And as always, thank you for reading till the end.