I did it! I cut my ties with Facebook and I am optimistic it will last. I have been Facebook free for a week now and it is lovely. More reading, more writing, and less distraction.
I opened my account in the fall of 2005 and this is (I think) the third time I have deactivated it. The last time I reopened it was to share that I was pregnant. This time I deleted all of my likes, groups, and friends to minimize that feeling of missing out on something. I am cheating a little by having a secret account so I can participate in three small groups, two of which I started.
I know some people can handle facebook and other sites reasonably without being addicted. Not me. Once it became something everyone has and then had access to it in my pocket, it became a problem for me. I tried a dozen times to limit my use and take weekend or week long breaks and then would dive right back in.
At times it was dangerous because I would be checking it while walking, day and night, or while waiting for the bus or train. There was a string of phone robberies at a train stop south of the one I was using, not that my phone would be much of a target! When I tried to limit my use of my phone while on the bus or train, I noticed all the people bent over and tapping away, some with headpbones, completely oblivious to their surroundings.
I’m not perfect but I’m trying to do better.