How to leave social networks and return to normal life

How to leave social networks and return to normal life

They're designed for you to ask for more, but what if you get fed up with social media and get fed up? More and more people are making the decision to leave Facebook and Instagram and start living in the real world again. Here's how.

We really have the impression that 2019 marks the beginning of strong criticism against social networks. We have been addicted to these networks for some time, but privacy scandals, such as the Cambridge Analytica leak and the increased political rhetoric surrounding Trump, Brexit and other stories, have led many people to ask if social media was really worth it.

To free yourself from social networks, you will need to follow these steps. We go further than simply removing apps from your smartphone. If you want to do something, do it well!

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Let's start with the most popular. Deactivating your Facebook account is actually quite simple, but that doesn't mean they'll let you get away without trying to catch up with you again. Some people like to prepare to leave Facebook by writing a farewell message. If you find this a little accommodating, you can skip this step and proceed directly to deleting your account. After all, your real friends will find a way to contact you even if you disappear from Facebook.

  1. Connect Facebook
  2. Click at the top right of any Facebook page
  3. Slectionnez settings, then General in the left column.
  4. Choose Manage your account, then scroll down to click Deactivate your account.

If you want to take a more permanent action, and if you are really sure about leaving Facebook, you can also delete your Facebook account. The process can take up to 90 days (you won't get out of it so easily), but it's the only way to really eliminate the temptation to reactivate. To find out how, read this article.

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Facebook also wants to be part of your love life / Facebook

Once you've deleted Facebook, it's time to start deleting the rest of Zuckerberg's apps. The next one on your list should be Instagram. Before getting rid of social media, Instagram was the application where my time of use started to seem the most wasted. There are a lot of people on Instagram who rarely follow and post. To delete your Instagram account, follow these steps.

  1. Go to the Delete your Instagram account page
  2. Log in using your username and password
  3. Choose the reason for deleting the account.
  4. Enter your password again, then click Delete my account permanently

Like Facebook, Instagram offers you the possibility of temporarily deactivating your account. It's fine if you just want to take a break, but it's not advisable if you really want to give up for good. You don't give up alcohol and leave a fridge full of beer at home, right?

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Instagram is one of the most addictive social networks. AndroidPIT

Twitter is perhaps the most polarizing social network. It can be a useful source of news for us journalists, and many media cannot do without it, but it can also be a septic tank of hate speech, bullying and the worst aspects of online life. You can deactivate your Twitter account on Android, iOS or from your PC, and the process is very similar for each method.

  1. Log in to your Twitter account and access Parameters and confidentiality.
  2. Click on Deactivate your account
  3. You will have to enter your new password and click several times on disable.

Unlike Facebook, which requires you to go through a separate process to permanently delete your account, Twitter takes a different approach. Your user data will remain on Twitter for 30 days after deactivation. After that, your account will never disappear and the company will start deleting your data from its servers. You must go through this period of abstinence before you can go out. If you log in at any time during the 30 day period, you will have to start over.

Snapchat may not be cooler with younger generations, but if you make a clean break from social media and still have an account, it's best to delete it. Just like on Twitter, Snapchat allows you to take a 30-day break before your account is buried for good.

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will you really miss it? AndroidPIT / AndroidPIT

You can't unsubscribe from Snapchat from the app itself, so you'll have to go to the website using a browser. However, you can do this on your desktop computer or on your mobile phone. Follow these steps.

  1. Log in and confirm that you are not a robot by checking the box
  2. Confirm your username and password
  3. Scroll down and find Delete my account at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Press on To confirm

All you have to do now is resist the temptation to log in again for 30 days and you're done with Snapchat and you will never look at this filter with rabbit ears again.

Leaving social media is not that different from giving up other addictive behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol. You need to prepare for withdrawal symptoms. These websites and apps are designed to keep you coming back, and the feedback loops are extremely effective. You will have desires, and in the case of Twitter and Snapchat, giving up these desires will only bring you back to the starting box.

WhatsApp is the only social network for which I still have an account

It is essential to find something else to do in your journey than to scroll through the flows of social networks. Take a book or a newspaper with you, or participate in podcasts. You also have to be patient with your friends and get used to the fact that you no longer automatically see their lives and events. You will be invited late evenings because you have not received the Facebook invitation, but that changes over time. Focus on the positive aspects of being free from social media. You made this commitment for a reason, so accept it!

Are you tired of social media recently? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

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