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I ditched Facebook and Instagram and there’s a BIG reason why you should too

One MILLENNIAL shared why he left social media after nearly two decades on platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

In one post on his website, financial blogger Jeff Cooper credits rampant misinformation and online threats to his drastic decision.

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The harmful effect of social networking apps on the mental health of the user was another reason why he decided to jump the job.

“I’ll tell you now, I don’t miss it, not even a little,” the 38-year-old wrote last month.

Jeff, who blogs Have Your Dollars Make Sense, was in college when Facebook took off in the late 2000s.

It’s a great way to meet single women, he says, even though over the years it and other social networking apps have taken over our lives.

“As the years went by, Facebook and other social media apps evolved into many other areas,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of good social media can do, but as the days go by, it seems like the bad is outweighing the good.”

To back up his claim, the father of two cited scientific studies that have shown that social media use can cause or amplify depression, loneliness and anxiety.

He added: “Bullying that can happen in schools is also allowed to spread online.

Misinformation and conspiracy theories about topics like Covid-19 vaccinations are allowed to thrive on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

According to Jeff, the main problem with social media is that it forces us to compare ourselves to the “features wheel” that other people post in their lives.

“Whatever the occasion, we are bombarded with the best in other people’s lives and try not to compare it to our daily lives,” he writes. “This can make it incredibly difficult to enjoy yourself.

“The constant need to see how many likes a photo gets, or how many comments people fake to care is unhealthy for our souls in any way or form. “

Blogger urges readers to leave their social media accounts behind for a happier life.

Even if you can’t go “turkey” with all of them, closing some of your accounts or cutting down on the time you spend on them can benefit you.

“Trust me, you’ll be happier if you do,” Jeff said.

“I can count on a dial the number of times in the past decade that I thought a social media account would be useful and that feeling was fleeting.”

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

Deactivating your Facebook account is easy and only takes a few seconds. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Log in to your Facebook account
  2. Click on the small down arrow located in the upper right corner of your Facebook home page
  3. Find ‘Settings’ and click on it
  4. Hover over ‘Manage Account’ and click ‘Edit’
  5. Click ‘Deactivate your account’ at the bottom of the opened tab
  6. Complete the form and click ‘Deactivate’ at the bottom of the page

If you change your mind and want to reactivate your Facebook account, all you have to do is log back into Facebook with your details.

Your profile and account will be restored and you won’t lose anything.

HOW TO DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY

If you want to delete Facebook permanently, the social network has a page dedicated to the process.

Permanently deleting Facebook won’t come back, though, so it’s a good idea to back up all your data first.

This means that if you decide you want to use Facebook again in the future, you won’t lose all of your photos, contacts, and other information.

Follow these simple steps to download your Facebook data.

  1. Click the down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. Click “Download a copy of your Facebook data” at the bottom of your General Account Settings
  3. Click Start My Archive

To delete Facebook once and for all, just visit Facebook’s ‘Delete account’ page and follow the instructions provided.

Your archive will likely be huge, as it includes posts, comments, photos, messages and more.

Because this download includes all of your profile information, it’s important to keep it secure as it can be used by scammers if it falls into the wrong hands.

You can find the full list of information available for download on Facebook’s FAQ page.

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Scientists are embarking on a mission to unravel the mystery behind dozens of creepy baby mummy was buried in an underground tomb in Sicily.

The police caught an Italian mafia henchman who was on the run for 20 years after discovering the fugitive on Google Maps.

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