Quit Facebook

Quit Facebook

  • How long I have been using Facebook?
  • What I have learnt from Facebook?
  • What I have gained from Facebook?
  • How much time I have spent on Facebook?
  • Should I really consider quitting Facebook?

These were the questions in my mind recently and I was troubled very much. I was worried because I was wasting too much time doing nothing by surfing Facebook. Before I tell you how to deactivate your FB account let me answer the above questions. It will benefit not only me but it will benefit all the people who are wasting their precious time in a labyrinth called Facebook.

How long I have been using Facebook?

 It has been 4 years since I joined this Chakravyuha/ labyrinth. Yes I call this social networking site a Chakravyuha because when I joined it I knew how to join it I never knew how to come out of this deadly labyrinth. I never knew that this would be a time killer and in time it started eating up my productivity which was hurting me professionally. Every day and every night I have been logging in into it and going deeper and deeper never knowing how much time I have wasted and how much dumber I have became.

What I have learnt from facebook?

There are very few things that I have learnt from FB. After wasting a very big part of the last 4 years I can now tell that Orkut was more useful. In FB there are many Fan Pages and Groups hundreds and thousands of friends with whom we can waste our life. Where as in Orkut there people use to share useful thing, I gained a lot of knowledge on Orkut. But on FB all you will find is people sharing funny picture of them eating in KFC and drinking Coke. And never to forget those TROLL comics that everyone uploads to make us laugh. This is not what I expected from a social networking site.

Should I really consider quitting facebook?

For me it was really necessary to quit. For an average user you must really consider quitting when you are wasting more time on it rather than on real friends. You must also quit if you are a teenager. I have seen kids as young as 10 joining by providing fake date of birth. If you are one who is still a teen then I recommend you to stop searching friends on Facebook and start making them in reality.

How to deactivate your facebook account?

Now coming to the main part of this article, I have explained all the steps clearly and provided with screen shots where ever needed.

Step1: Announcement.

Just to inform all the friends that I was leaving Facebook I updated my wall for the last time. I received many comments asking me why I was leaving and also some asking me to reconsider my decision. Many bid me a tearful good bye.

For me deactivating my FB account was like “Planning my own death” it was painful and hard to decide. There were many questions in my mind “how would live with out these awesome friends?” but for my own good I had to quit. Therefore I said I quit.

Step2: Finding the Deactivate Option.

Facebook has a very wonderful feature that I came to know only when I was quitting. When you deactivate your account your data will not be deleted instead FB will keep it safe and will be waiting for you with open arms.

To Select the Deactivate Option go Home (this option is on the top right section) then select Account Settings and the select Security settings. When you select security settings you will find the below options:

And then select “Deactivate you account” No you are not finished yet. Still there are some things to be done.

Are you sure you want to deactivate your account? Your friends will miss you?

Step3: Select your reason for leaving.

Step4: Click submit and wait for a screen asking your password.

Next write the CAPTCA code to conform that you are a human and not a Robot.

Wait for the Deactivation conformation message.

Congratulations you have successfully deactivated your Facebook account and now you are free to waste your time with your real friends and also you can be more productive.


This was about how to successfully deactivate your Facebook account. But the main point is that you must be mentally prepared to do so. I hope this article will be useful to you. Do share your views in the comment section.

8 thoughts on “Why and How to Deactivate Your Facebook Account?

  • February 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Since it’s permanent, why didn’t you just delete your account instead of deactivate. If you might come back, then just log off and never log back in. I’m not even sure what “deactivating” does. People can still tag you and send you notifications. You can choose to not receive them, but they can still see you, so what exactly does deactivating do?

  • October 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    But i want to keep my pages

  • May 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Good one Imran. Even I think Facebook is time killer. You should have very much control on yourself while using Fb. Or else it will kill your productivity.

  • April 29, 2012 at 1:12 am

    @Imran Soudagar – This is really meaningful thought when it considering Time management. At least we should gain something from our activities on Facebook.

  • April 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Very useful Article 🙂

    Highly Appreciated

    • April 27, 2012 at 2:25 am

      Glad to know that you felt this article useful.

      Thank you for your valuable comment.

  • April 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

    You have learnt useful stuff from orkut? Really? Facebook is a global village and you will find a lot of users(stupids to geniuses). May it is time you may have to login and check your friends list on facebook. God bless you…

    • April 27, 2012 at 2:23 am

      Thank you for your comment. I spoke of my experience in this article and I must say that individual experience varies. To boast of I have over a Thousand people added as friends on Facebook. Most of them are CEO’s and Published writers. What I was speaking here was regarding the knowledge that I gained. I still remember many communities on Orkut that shared useful information. And on FB too there are groups that share knowledge but I get distracted too easily on FB.

      Thanks again for your valuable comment 🙂


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