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‘Happier without Facebook’: Users who deleted the social network say they’re not looking back

We heard from many of you: You are not only ready to delete Facebook, but you’ve already done it, and are very happy you did.

Despite all the hack attacks, issues with personal data getting shared with companies and other entities, and all the apologies, I’m not quitting Facebook and I didn’t think most of you would either. The positives of the social network outweigh the negative, at least for me – and many of you.

But sporting the hashtag “FacebookFreeJanuary,” Jeff Johnson of New Jersey says he just quit, and he won’t come back until February, encouraging others to join him as a way to lobby Facebook into changing its ways.

“There has to be some consequence that Facebook actually takes notice of,” he says. Advertisers and the markets care about daily active users and monthly active users, so if Facebook’s usage base takes a dip, perhaps there will be real changes, he says.

Facebook makes money by monitoring our social interactions of likes, comments and shares, and targeting us to advertisers based upon our activity.

The social network got into hot water several times in 2018 when it told politicians and users it didn’t sell or share data with others, only later to reluctantly admit it had, usually with caveats. Last week, for example, after a bombshell report in the New York Times revealed Facebook shared data with companies like Microsoft and Spotify, the social network said the partnerships didn’t give “companies access to information without people’s permission.” Many users zip through user agreements and have said they don’t recall giving the companies the permission to read direct messages.