Four Reasons You Should Quit Facebook in 2014
By Renee Jacques
“Facebook is so annoying.” How many times have you heard that sentiment this past year? We bet a lot, because more and more people seem to be getting tired of the social media platform, especially young people.
The company even admitted in October that younger teens were using the network less frequently on a daily basis. Here are four reasons that might convince you to let your Facebook account go in 2014.
1. Facebook makes it impossible for you to stay “private.”
For many valid reasons (think stalker exes or potential employers), some people don’t like having their name come up when it’s typed into the Facebook search bar. However, most users this year found problems with changes to privacy settings. For one, Facebook removed the option to keep your name hidden when people search you. They also forced people to control their privacy settings on a cumbersome item-by-item basis.
2. Facebook is even keeping track of what you don’t say.
You may have been happy you didn’t post that one over-share about your extended trip to the bathroom the other day, but Facebook may have a record of exactly what you typed and what time you were about to publish it. Facebook released a study revealing that they were undergoing a new type of data collection in which they were tracking when people typed content out and then removed it without publishing. Their mission is to understand why users “self-censor” themselves in updates.
3. The “friend suggestions” tell you to befriend people you don’t even know.
Facebook’s “friend suggestions” algorithm needs some work, because these days we’re discovering that your potential “friends” are people we only know through someone else, or someone we haven’t even met at all.
4. The excessive ads are about to ruin the whole experience.
If the regular sponsored ads hadn’t already destroyed Facebook for you, the upcoming launch of video ads will definitely do the trick. Facebook started testing these annoying ads out in December. They’ll soon be coming to a newsfeed near you, automatically playing a video as you scroll through. However, the sound will only play if you click or tap on it. The good news? There is a way to block these ads from automatically playing. You just have to use a Flash blocker.