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What makes people finally delete their social media accounts?

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Much has been made of the social media “detox”: a break, however permanent or temporary, from the digital world. 

Of course, because each person’s relationship with social media is unique (terrible), the way people deal with unplugging varies, too. For some, logging off for a while can be genuinely rejuvenating. For others, it’s fine, but it doesn’t change their habits in the end. And some people simply hate social media and never want to touch it again. That’s fair — it’s often bad.

But what is the final straw that makes people delete the app, suspend the account? We asked eight humans to share why, exactly, they quit a certain platform — down to the occasionally weird details.

1. Amanda, 25

Platforms: Facebook

Length of break: 3 months and counting

The reason: “I didn’t quit on purpose. I woke up one morning to find my Facebook had been hacked.”

“I actually tried to find a way back on, but it was a really difficult process. Instead, I decided it was a good time to take a break, reported it to Facebook so they would shut down the account, and I’ve been without it ever since. I guess this was the push I needed to make a major change, even if it was a little dramatic.” 

Will you be back? “I’m looking for a new job in a new city, and Facebook is a great way to be up to date on what’s happening locally. I don’t want to become a hermit, so I’ll probably return eventually.”

2. Natali, 33

Platforms: Facebook

Length of break: 2 years and counting

The reason: “I had moved overseas and didn’t really want to keep up with the lives of anyone back home, on top of constantly being exposed to their (previously unknown to me) bigoted opinions and questionable political beliefs.”

Will you be back? “I’ve been legitimately happy without it ever since and don’t plan on reactivating my account.”

3. Austin, 22

Platforms: Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook. He re-downloaded Instagram so he could like his girlfriend’s photos.

Length of break: 1 month and counting

The reason: “When I was thinking about New Year’s resolutions, I decided I wanted to read more. I used to read a lot and when I thought about why I didn’t anymore, I realized it was because I was killing time with social media instead of truly doing what I wanted to do.”

“I thought more about how I was so active on Twitter and thought that maybe it would be good for my mental health to take a break for a while, given the state of social media now.”

“Then I just kinda said ‘Fuck it, I’ll give up everything.'”

Will you be back? When I feel like I can use social media more moderately.

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4. Monica-Tezla, 39

Platforms: Twitter, Snapchat

Length of break: 1 year and counting

The reason: “They don’t give me more than my regular sources already supply me with. I am happy with how I am currently connected to news and pop [culture] via regular morning news, Facebook, and Instagram.”  

“Most of the time it just felt exhausting… like oh, now I have to check one more app to see if I missed something. And 90% of the time it gave me information I already had or comments from influencers I just didn’t care about.”

“If I were a high-profile celeb or executive I could see how the apps would be beneficial, but as a follower, I​ ​gain nothing personally or professionally from being active on either of the two platforms.​”

Will you be back? “Maybe. I haven’t thought about it.”

5. Tyler, 27

Platforms: Facebook

Length of break: 1 week and counting

The reason: “I deleted Facebook off my phone last week after catching myself suddenly being invested in the progress this guy I haven’t spoken to since middle school was making on the deck he was building.”

Will you be back? “No, I’m all the way out. I don’t even log in on my computer anymore.”

6. Cheryl, 26

Platforms: Facebook

Length of break: 5 years and counting 

The reason: “I hate to say it was because of a boy, but it was because of a boy. My evil ex-boyfriend reactivated his account after a hiatus, and I decided it wasn’t healthy to over-analyze his every cyber move, or stalk him incessantly.”

Will you be back? “Nope! I’ve enjoyed having one less platform to keep up with, and being ignorant of who my Trump-supporting friends are is something I will cherish.”

7. Lilli, 15

Platforms: Instagram

Length of break: 2 weeks and counting

The reason: “It consumed too much of my time, and I had stopped doing other things I loved to do.” 

Will you be back? “I re-downloaded the app, but I deleted my personal account. Now I just have an account for my dogs which is easier to manage and doesn’t consume me as much.”

Image: Getty Images

8. Stephanie, 25

Platforms: Twitter, Instagram

Length of break: 2 years and counting (Twitter), 1 month and counting (Instagram)

The reason: “Twitter is too much to handle constructively. Instagram is inauthentic and makes me compare my life to others, which I don’t like. I think it forces us to look at our lives as a snapshot and equate our worth to likes. It lacks depth.” 

Will you be back? “I am still on Facebook to stay in touch with friends overseas. I don’t think I will ever delete all social media, but I don’t plan on it being a big part of my life.”

Some interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

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David Sirota wants you to pity the poor journalist being told he sucks on Twitter

There’s no question that there’s a palpable tension between President Trump and the press. Trump used to elicit loud boos by pointing out the reporters covering his campaign rallies, and now he’s preparing his own fake news awards:

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WeRateDogs Owner Realizes Net Neutrality Killer Ajit Pai Follows Him On Twitter, Gives Him A Taste Of His Own Medicine

Just in case you missed it, let us use this time to remind you of the awesomeness of We Rate Dogs. Not only does it provide hours of lighthearted, high quality doggy-related laughs, now they are helping fight the good fight for net neutrality too.

Matt Nelson, AKA The Dogfather, had apparently noticed that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a strong proponent of a rule change that would threaten net neutrality as we know it, was following and retweeting from one of his Twitter accounts, Thoughts Of Dog.

Using the opportunity to make his point after asking for trolling advice from his followers, Nelson outlined a premium payment scheme available for Pai to purchase if he wishes to continue receiving his daily pupdates, and in the process neatly illustrated the potential future for many of us if net neutrality rules are successfully repealed.

Critics of Pai’s planned changes have warned that ISP’s may begin to offer packaged internet plans, with websites offered in bundles much the same way as cable companies offer TV channels. As well as costing the consumer more in the long run, it also opens up concerns regarding censorship and increasing centralised control of the internet. None of this really works out for the majority of us who like our internet open and free does it?

As far as intelligent trolling goes, we here at Bored Panda think it’s a pretty good effort. 17/10.

(h/t: The Daily Dot)

This is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and he wants to change the internet as we know it

Image credits: U.S. Federal Communications Commission

Matt Nelson, founder of We Rate Dogs, saw that Mr. Pai followed his page so he asked for help on how to troll him

Image credits: The Dogfather‏

Here’s what he came up with

The internet felt the job was well done

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