Did you know if you choose to delete your Facebook account it actually takes 30 days, or more, for your account to officially disappear?
You can say you want it gone, but if you sign back in during any time in those 60 days, your account is activated again.
I Googled to see if there was a way to delete the account quicker than 30 days.
I was also feeling pathetic that I kept logging in to check stupid things (partially at the urging of my dad but that’s another issue for another day).
I felt better, however, when I read a comment on Quora where a person admitted they also kept being tempted to log back into Facebook. I have a feeling they felt better off when they were off it but — as I heard a pastor say a couple Sundays ago – the person was returning to what they were used to.
And what they and we are used to is negative news, negative thoughts, complaining, twisted up thoughts and views, drama, fear-inducing articles and declarations.
We know none of it is helping us but it is what we run back to when we are afraid, we are bored, or we are lonely.
None of that is going to fill the God-shaped hole in our chest, though. Never.
I know many of us have Facebook to keep in contact with friends and family and there is nothing wrong with that.
But how many of us have walked into a drama we had no place being in because of Facebook?
Or how many of us have involved ourselves in battles that were not ours to fight ?
Many of us, I’m sure.
So, if you’re ready to pull the plug on your Facebook, but don’t want to be tempted to log back in again, here is a good suggestion on how to do so.
- Create a NEW email id (you will be sacrificing it so don’t use your regular one)
- Go to Facebook settings and replace your regular email with the new one and verify it. Then you will be able to remove your phone number (if you had provided)
- Go to Facebook settings again, this time using the website on a browser that provides password suggestions, most people have chrome for that. Open the setting to change your password. Let your browser suggest you a password. Don’t try to remember it, just use it.
- Set your Facebook account for permanent delete.
- Open your browser settings and go to the place where it saves the passwords. Find facebook and delete the password.
- Delete the email id you created in Step 1
So far, it has worked for me. Good luck.
A quick reminder too: You don’t have to fully delete your Facebook. You can deactivate it and reactivate it when you are ready. I’ve been known to do this for weeks at a time and I think once for a month or so. There are instructions on how to do that on the Facebook site as well.