How to get over my addiction to Facebook and WhatsApp

How to Remove Facebook From Your Life: What You Need to Know

I won’t try to convince you why you should remove Facebook from your life. That’s up to you to decide. My reason? Facebook’s business is my attention and I’d rather invest it in myself. If you are reading this, you already made up your mind, for whatever reason.

Instead, this is a post on how to remove Facebook from your life.

If you still use find the network valuable for some things (which I do), I’ll teach you how to spend only a few minutes per day browsing only what you want.

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Step 1: Uninstall the App

It’s easy to just take out your smartphone and open Facebook when bored: waiting in line, commuting, during class. Pretty soon, opening the app turns into a bad habit and the first thing you do immediately after waking up and the last before drifting into sleep.

That’s why the first step to remove Facebook is tackling using the platform on your smartphone. A little over 95% of Facebook’s active users access the social network via mobile. Start by changing the behavior you have with the social network through your phone to eliminate most of the time you spend on it.

Remove the Facebook app to stop checking it on your phone. This step alone will cut your random browsing time by more than 90%. Out of sight, out of mind.

You can still use some Facebook features without using the main mobile app. Use Facebook’s Groups, Pages Manager, and the Messenger apps.

Uninstalling the app takes less than 1 minute and will save you hours per week. Here is a step-by-step guide if you need help. And as added bonuses: your battery will last longer and might even get to reduce your data plan and save some money along the way!

Step 2: Change Your Password

Although you removed the app, you can still access Facebook on your phone from the browser. The second step to remove Facebook is to make life harder for this one. Otherwise, you replace the habit of checking Facebook on the app to checking in on Chrome.

The trick here is to add friction to quit the bad habit: change your password to something impossible to memorize. Create a long random password that includes symbols, numbers, lower and uppercase letters, and similar characters. Do it now with one click using this password generator.

Save it to a password manager. I use LastPass, which is free and easy to use. In the free version, the app auto-completes forms on desktop, but not on mobile. This is exactly what we need. To find your password, you must log in to LastPass through the browser and search manually. An unexpected layer of friction is that their mobile website is horrible, make it a lot harder (and frustrating) to retrieve passwords. Perfect!

If you don’t want to use a password manager, you can copy the password to another place where it’s hard to retrieve it. The harder, the better. Copying it into your notes app is too easy to get it. A good alternative is a spreadsheet, since you’ll have to open the sheets app, then the correct spreadsheet and then find the password. If you want to go full ninja, write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in your room.

Change your password to something impossible to remember. Save it in a password manager or on a place with a lot of friction to retrieve it, like a spreadsheet.

But only changing the password doesn’t make a lot of difference if you’re always logged in. You’re now ready for step 3.

Step 3: Log Out After Each Session

The third step to remove Facebook from your life is to log out after each surfing session. This will add another friction point: you need to log in every time you want to browse Facebook. On desktop, you use LastPass to log in with two clicks. On mobile, you’ll have to manually retrieve your password (which I rarely do).

First, log out of all your devices. Go to the Security and Login Settings and find the “Where You’re Logged In” section. Click End Activity to log out of all your devices.

In the beginning, you’ll probably forget to log out after each session. Changing behavior is hard. Sometimes you’ll open Facebook and already be logged in. To make the habit stick, if you do find it open, first log out, and then log back in. Repeat as many times as necessary until it becomes a habit to log out after each session.

Log out after each session. If you find yourself logged in, log out and log in again to tell your brain to stick with the habit.

The reason why logging out is so effective is two-fold:

  • You are telling your brain that you are ending an activity, like shutting down your computer or turning off your car
  • You add a friction point to entering the dark hole, the need to enter your login credentials

Here’s what happened to me after a while: I opened Facebook and didn’t log in. I realized I was opening the website out of habit but had no intention of browsing it. And that was only possible because of the simple friction point of logging in. It gave my brain some time to process if it was what I really wanted. And most of the times, it was not.

The first three steps cut the number of times you login into Facebook to a few per day. The next ones are designed to enhance your experience when you do decide to browse it.

Step 4: Hide the Newsfeed

Now that we have kicked most of the habit of logging into Facebook, it’s time to take out of each session exactly what we want. I don’t want ads, photos of people I don’t know or political debates full of hate. I still want it for the same reason I signed up: to know about my friends.

The best approach is to default to zero and then check what you want manually. Eradicate the newsfeed completely and manually visit friends profiles or groups.

In desktop, you can use a Chrome extension called News Feed Eradicator to replace the infinite scroller with inspiring quotes. Here’s how it looks:

An alternative is Newsfeed Burner, another extension that does basically the same, minus the quotes. It also blocks YouTube and LinkedIn, so if you use those two networks a lot as well it might be a better option. Up to you to decide.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any extensions that do the trick on mobile. But there is a workaround to free yourself from the negative side of Facebook and still enjoy what you want. It takes less than 5 minutes to set up. Here’s the step by step:

  1. Unfollow all of your friends and pages. You’ll stay friends, but you won’t see their updates in your feed anymore. Under “News Feed Preferences,” select “Unfollow people to hide their posts” and check them all. It takes less than a minute
  2. The news feed will stop updating and disappear in a few days
  3. To see updates from friends, navigate to “Friends” and select “New Posts”. Now you’re in control of who to see and when to see them

No ads, drama, spam or noise. It’s once again a social network.

Step 5: Remove Friends & Groups

Even after unfollowing all your friends, there are people you once added as friends that you simply don’t want to know about. The same goes for groups. As our lives change, so do our friends and circles.

To unfriend people, go to your timeline and click “Friends”. Hover your mouse over the Friends button and select “Unfriend” from the drop-down menu. Repeat for the process for all the people you want to cut internet ties with.

To do the same for groups, navigate to TimelineMore → Groups. The process to remove groups is essentially the same as for friends.

Step 6: Remove Notifications

Now that you log in to Facebook less often, it will try to hook you back in, testing different ways to get your attention and time back. The most annoying of the growth hacks will be showing you a lot more notifications, like friends updates, activities nearby, and more notifications from groups.

To unsubscribe from these, you can navigate to SettingsNotifications and manually disable all the notifications you never want to see.

Go to each menu and disable all notifications you don’t need. This might take a few minutes or a full hour depending on how many groups you have and how selective you want to be. But the initial set up is worth it to not have annoying popups about stuff you don’t want/need to see.

Now every time you browse Facebook you’ll only notifications about things you truly care about.

Step 7: Go Full Nuke: Remove Facebook

All the previous steps covered ways of adding friction to using Facebook and enhancing your experience when browsing. However, if you do prefer to cut the problem at the roots and remove Facebook altogether, you have two options: deactivate or delete your account.

In the first, you can reactivate your account when you decide to use the service again. And in the latter, you blast your account into oblivion and the only way to use Facebook again is to create a new profile.

Whichever option you choose, I recommend that you download a copy of all your Facebook data first. You get a copy of everything you shared on Facebook, such as posts, photos, videos, messages and chat conversations, and a lot more.

To do this, go to SettingsGeneral and click “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”. In the next screen, click “Start My Archive”. Facebook requires that you confirm your identity to complete the download process.

Now that you have all your data, you can deactivate or delete your account.

Option #1: Deactivate Your Account

This is the soft option: it’s not breaking up, it’s just “giving it some time”. Most of your information will be hidden and you can always activate your account back when you want.

Here’s Facebook’s definition: “Deactivating your account will disable your profile and remove your name and photo from most things you’ve shared on Facebook. Some information may still be visible to others, such as your name in their friends list and messages you sent.”

To deactivate your account, click here for the direct link or go to SettingsGeneral → Manage Account and click “Edit”.

A new menu will open. Click “Deactivate your account.” and confirm your password in the next screen.

When you are ready to reactivate your account, all you need to do is log back in.

Option #2: Delete Your Account

When you deactivate your account, Facebook only hides your information. It still saves all your settings, photos, and information in case you decide to use the service again. The only option to have everything truly removed is to delete your account permanently. Only do it if you are absolutely sure, as there is no option for recovery.

To send all your Facebook data into oblivion, go into the “Delete My Account” page and click “Delete My Account”. You’ll be prompted to enter your password and complete a captcha. Click “Okay” and you are done.

Welcome back to the real world.

The One Key Benefit of Removing Facebook

There are many benefits in reducing the time you spend on or removing Facebook. I won’t cover them, they are different for each person. I’ll just talk about mine: regaining my attention span.

Before, I was sure that I didn’t spend a lot of time browsing Facebook. Truth is, I was kidding myself.

It’s absolutely crazy the amount of time I spent per week just checking the newsfeed. A couple of minutes here and there add up really fast. All these fast hits of dopamine harm your attention span. You start craving for instant gratification, always.

Similarly how smokers breath better every week after they quit, the increase in my attention span was incremental. At first, it was hard to focus for more than a handful minutes on a task. Gradually, it became easier and I am now a lot better at doing Deep Work for a longer period of time.

When I’m bored, I never log in to Facebook on my phone. It’s just too much of a hassle to retrieve the password and the process annoys the hell out of me (Success!). Nowadays, I don’t even try. I normally read a book using the Kindle App on my phone or on the Kindle itself, if I have it with me. But most of the times I just sit, wait, and think.

Living in your head is way better than living on the internet.

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What Facebook and WhatsApp have done is they have taken away the real socialising away from ‘us’ and introduces the term IRL. Honestly, they are the tools to stay connected with your friends not the means.

They have given us the medium which never existed before. The exposure which which we could not have fathomed. But we all have forgotten that the real world is away from the screen. That you need to start trusting the people around you rather than those in your handhelds.

We are okay with 400 likes on Facebook whereas can you tell me if ‘in you real world’ can you name 400 people which like you? This is where we need to focus. Start becoming #SocioActive and interact with people around you. If you think you are invading their privacy, try browsing A fabulous way to get rid of the hesitation and to start building trust. It was launched in US some days back.

No login, nothing required. Hence no breach of privacy. I tried it and made some good friends with whom I can have great conversations with.

One of the easiest ways to reduce your usage if social networks is to automatically log out once you leave the site, even doing so manually each time if you have to.

The main problem with these sites is that visiting them becomes reflexive and automatic, leading to dozens or hundreds of visits per day just to check in.

If presented with a login screens, the brain recognizes a change in pattern (as you don’t see the timeline etc.) and goes “oh right! I done want to be here.” So you close the tab / app and move on with your life.

Another tip I like is to remove the app from your phone entirely, or at minimum, put it so deep in the back or so nested into folders that it requires 10+ swipes to get to it.

Good luck! This can be one of the best things you ever do for yourself.

Ah! I was once in your boots and I remember the crisis you’re facing right now. But I took the necessary steps on time and now I am completely free. I check Whatsapp once a day and Facebook once in 2–3 days! How did I manage?

  1. Remove the apps from the home-screen.
  2. Hide both the apps by accessing your app settings. It will remind you time to time.
  3. Turn off the notifications for these apps.
  4. Log-out from the device. This will make you to follow a cumbersome step which would be quite boring that often leads to giving up the same
  5. Set a long password to Facebook to make above step fruitful.
  6. Try indulging your time in some productive work. For example, I write, sing and listen to music. They are refreshing as well as productive.
  7. Play arcade games in your free time. You won’t get bored since they are damn boring later but exciting initially. So, diversion of your mind would be successful.
  8. Download the app Forest: Stay focused. This is really a sweet and cute app for the control of mobile addiction. Give it a try!
  9. Remember, these apps don’t disturb you but the people on them do. Block them if possible.
  10. If none of the above is working, sorry to say, deactivate your accounts for exactly 21 days mate. It will help!

I have almost given you the ten ways to tackle the situation. Try them according to the extent of addiction.

Thanks for the A2A Pramod Sahu

Here are some tips gets over WhatsApp Addiction :

  1. Find something else to do: Yup! to get over whatsapp addiction find something else to do which is very interesting for you. for example,join book club where cell phones are strictly banned and start reading your favourite novels.
  2. Make schedule to check WhatsApp: Stop checking whatsapp after every minute and every new message you revived.Make schedule for whatsapp check e.g. you can give your half hour to check whatsapp in morning or you can check whatsapp before your sleeping time.but you have to strictly follow this schedule
  3. Stop changing your status and DP everyday: If you have habit of changing your whatsapp DP and status everyday,then you will get addicted to whatsapp. So to stop getting addicted to whatsapp you must have to stop changing DP and status every day.
  4. Disable WhatsApp messages notification: Yes! you have to disable whatsapp new messages notification. By going into your phone setting you can disable your whatsapp new messages notification. You can do this on all 3 platforms.(Android,iOS and Windows Phones).
  5. Remove WhatsApp shortcut icon from home screen of phone: If possible,remove whatsapp shortcut from your phone home screen. It will help you to divert your attention from whatsapp.
  6. Uninstall WhatsApp: If you really fed up with your wahtsapp addtiction then,just go into your phone Settings>Apps>WhatsApp>Uninstall. WhatsApp uninstalling is best way to get over your whatsapp addiction.

Ref: How to avoid wasting time on WhatsApp

Watch the video for avoid wasting time on WhatsApp:

Now,how to get over your Facebook addiction:

Facebook addition is also same like WhatsApp addiction,once you get FB addicated then it becomes very difficult to get over it.But their is nothing impossible in this world!

  1. First clear one thing to yourself that Facebook is virtual and not real world. So add people which you know in real world. Don’t add and receive unknown persons friend requests. Also don’t entertain to stranger people who will do messages you on Facebook.
  2. Avoid chatting on Facebook.If possible keep your Facebook chat off whenever you go online on Facebook.
  3. Strictly avoid to play games on Facebook,because playing game on Facebook makes you addicted towards Facebook.
  4. Ignore third party apps. Strictly avoid third party apps because these app not only make you Facebook addicted but also steal your Facebook profile information.
  5. Create your Facebook schedule and stick with your FB schedule. don’t do anything else than your Facebook to do list.
  6. If possible delete your Facebook account. If you don’t want to delete your Facebook account permanently then you can deactivate it for some time/days/months.

Ref:How to Avoid Wasting Time on Facebook

100% Working & Tested Theory,Follow Steps…..

1) First of all don’t think you have to leave social media (Facebook,WhatsApp etc.) for permanent basis.

2) Start with smaller time period and make decision i.e. “for the next One Hour I will not use Facebook”,be firm about your decision.(Don’t use Facebook for that period of time,no matter how much you have to resist with yourself)

3) Have some goals for life (Very Important),focus your energy and time for the activity which makes you stronger in your area.

4) When you successfully don’t use Facebook for one hour,increase time period to One Day (i.e. I will not use Facebook for One Day)

5) Keep yourself busy in some interesting activity or develop new hobby.(Most people tend to use social media when they are sitting ideal)

6) Now move on to One Month

7) Continue…..& Congratulations !! You have nailed it.

8) If you fail in between,Don’t worry start again with step-1 with even more enthusiasm

PS : I am writing this because I have successfully managed to stop using Facebook for almost One and half year,as I was preparing for one of the competitive exam.I haven’t use social media for that period of time and trust me it was awesome as I was able to save lots of time & energy.

Most of the time the reasons why we stay online is because we don’t have many friends in the real world or we are too shy to socialize or we feel that there is that particular someone for you in your facebook friend list or whatsapp contacts who is very dear to you but far away from you.

I don’t suggest deactivating or uninstalling, cause they are some modes of communication that are very great to reach out to people.

The solution is very simple gather your friends and start a new tradition of hanging out with them (Like going to long walks, making jokes, going to movies, giving lunch or dinner under special occasion). Once you are out with your friends in the real world, you will develop a special bonding with them and you will lose interest in staying online for a long time. If your case is like missing that dear person get yourself some message pack and chat with her. Hope this helps you.

Spend a day on Quora, your WhatsApp and Facebook addiction will surely subside. And if you want a complete de-addiction, delete the WhatsApp app from your phone and deactivate your Facebook account. You can reinstall and reactivate your accounts after your exams.

Definitely it will take some time  to get rid of any habit that we have acquainted with for quite a long time. Any addiction can be cured only in steps , be it addiction to Alcohol , drugs or even social media. The effectiveness of your effort towards any deaddiction is inversely proportional to the frequency of usage of the thing to which you are addicted to. Don’t take a sudden decision that from tomorrow onwards you won’t use Whatsapp and Facebook. Even if you take such adamant decisions , it will be quite difficult for you to follow. Try to reduce the frequency of usage in steps. For example , first day set a target frequency of 1 hour ,which means , you will check the WhatsApp messages only once in a hour. Gradually increase this frequency over a period of time , untill you feel that the social media no longer hinders your daily activities. Daily note down your progress in a personal dairy and rate yourself as you progress. Appreciate yourself ,  when you perform beyond your expectation and never lose faith in yourselves. After all social medias are boon and it helps us stay connected always , no matter wherever we are. Just need to keep a check on the frequency of usage and no need to uninstall these apps from your phone.

AntiSocial will control your use for you and block you out of social sites while still letting you use the rest of the internet. Julien Smith’s logging out tip is also really good.

Another option is to have someone else change your passwords for you and have them log you in on your mobile device only. That way, the computer IS FOR WORKING. You can consume FB/Twitter on tablet/phone, which is a recreational device. This also stops you from trying to write epic posts, etc.

Let me tell you my own experience of getting over facebook addiction.
I tried a lot of times to stop using facebook. But, whenever I tried I would get back to it for some or the other reason.

  • Someone would send me a message on facebook and I would get on facebook to see the message and spend hours browsing the newsfeed
  • There would be some notification on my facebook app which tempted me to open facebook app
  • facebook used to be logged in on my web browser and I had this habit of opening facebook every half an hour, and when I did, I was already logged in

How did I stop wasting my time on facebook:

  • I would try to get over it at once, but that did not help because I was forcing myself for it
  • So, I did it in steps (One step every few days):
  1. Get rid of notifications on your facebook phone app
  2. After some days, you will feel like the facebook app has no use, you can use the phone browser to use facebook instead
  3. Uninstall the facebook app
  4. Use Newsfeed Eradicator for your web browser. It stops facebook from showing Newsfeed and instead shows a motivational quote
  5. Now, logout from facebook on your mobile browser
  6. The only thing that you have now to access facebook is web browser with no newsfeed in it
  7. You can only check notifications and messages
  8. You will yourself feel bored with facebook
  9. Now is the time you can stop using facebook altogether from all the sources
  10. Do this for next 21 days and then you will have the confidence that you will never login to facebook unless your brain really wants to
  11. Tell to your friends and family that you have stopped using facebook, so that your resolution stays strong
  12. You can use Messenger to converse with people, it is less distracting

P.S: I do not want to stop using Whatsapp and messenger as I think they are useful tools to communicate

Mobiles have become addiction.
 Laptops have become addition.
 Tabs have become addiction.

Addiction is making youths go waste their time a lot on social media which is not for ourselves but for others.

But what can a person do to come out from this addiction and concentrate more on actual work which you are supposed to do…

Very simple concept, change your addiction..

 If you are addicted of #WhatsApp #Facebook or any social networking app but what matter most is your operating system, you are #addicted to the operating system. In this case just change your operating system which means say if you are using #Apple phones just switch to #Android, if you using Android than switch to #iOS, it will irritate you for few days but that will help you to get out of your addiction.

Similarly with laptops, if using windows, switch to Linux, and vice a versa.
 Trust me this works, and will make you come out of addiction..

Try the below  algorithm:

1)  every day put some coins in your pocket (like 10 )
2) every time you open Facebook/whatsapp , throw one coin away on street from your pocket.
3) at the end of the day if you are able to save near half of the coin, then you are doing great and it is not harmful to open Facebook/whatsapp twice a day.
Else, go to step 1 and repeat until you are not able to save half of the coins.

If you love your money, you will see an improvement for sure 🙂

You could install  QualityTime, a self-help Android app that allows you to reduce, monitor and be aware of the amount of time you spend on your smartphone and favorite apps.

QualityTime details smartphone and app use both in terms of frequency and duration, allowing you to understand your smartphone habits and trends – whether it is how often you unlock you phone, a specific app you keep revisiting, or a certain time of day you most use your phone “.

It summarizes daily or weekly phone use including total app usage, phone unlock frequency, and detailed reporting – known as your “digital diet”.

 Have a look on its features in this article

You could download it from the Google Play store.

While it may seem like everyone surfs the web these days, there is fine line between casually checking your social media pages and having a full blown internet addiction. If you find that you have lost interest in other aspects of your life because you prefer to be on the internet, you may have developed an internet addiction. Luckily, there are ways to overcome your addiction and stop living your life in front of the computer.

1.Admit you have an addiction. Understand that you do have an internet addiction, and that there is no use in avoiding the truth.

2.Realize that more and more people in the world are becoming addicted to the internet. You are not the only one with this problem, it is becoming more and more common and more and more well known. Do not be embarrassed, find others with the same problem and help each other beat it.

3.Get a hobby or an interest that doesn’t involve the internet, video games, TV, cell phones, smartphones, portable media players or computers. Get involved with teams, clubs, sports, church, music, dancing, singing, etc. Go for a run with a friend or get exercise some other way. Go to bed on time and get a good night’s rest. Keep up with the local events in your community. There may be talks, film screenings, concerts, local sporting events, and book signings etc. Find some, as long as it is not on the internet, and get involved.

4.Complete your studies. If you are a student then do your homework and study. This is a great thing to do right away when you get home. You will feel great knowing that you did your homework early. Read books or research at the library instead of browsing Wikipedia for information. Teachers would rather have you use a real book than Wikipedia. Study lessons that you learned for the day, whether there’s a test the next day or not.

5.Help with meals. Your parents will be happier that you’re helping out with dinner or dishes instead of chatting online. Cook or bake something one night for the family. Anything that gets you off the computer for a while will help and increase your confidence that you can stay off even longer.

6.Hang out with friends. Plan a trip to the bowling alley, mall, or ice rink. Get a friend to walk a dog with you for the afternoon. Avoid places that have free internet access such as coffee shops.

7.Plan family nights. Instead of watching TV or doing individual things during dinner time, eat dinner as a family on the table and plan games afterward.

8.Limit your computer time. Make sure not to turn it on too many times a week. If you have a laptop, make sure to put it somewhere that you can remember but not somewhere that you see every day. Try keeping the lid closed when you are not using it; when the computer is not looking at you, you are less likely to use it. If you have a desktop PC, try not to go near it or put something over it like a sheet.

9.Call people instead of sending instant messages. Call a friend and ask them to go outside for at least 3 hours a day. This will distract you from the computer. Also try doing your homework together.

10.Use an alarm clock or timer. Before using your computer decide on a time limit such as 30 minutes. Set the clock or timer and make sure that you get off the computer when the time is up. Alternatively create a shutdown timer shortcut on your desktop (google search “shutdown timer” for tutorials). This can be programmed to shutdown your computer after a predesignated time after it has been activated.

11.Don’t eat meals at your computer! Eating at a separate place will help you to not go online.

It’s tough. Unless you are motivated enough to concentrate on some really big goal which is more important any of these side attractions. If you haven’t got one, try setting such goal and work towards it!

Basically most people don’t have a goal, if they do, they lack determination
Once you have a strong goal and zeal to achieve something, you won’t get distracted to Facebook or  Whatsapp

For a very simple but effective solution, stop WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook from giving notifications to your phone.

When I’m working, I usually forget about them until that ding/beep/vibration/light comes on. It really breaks concentration and is super frustrating.

People generally use whatsapp & Facebook when they have nothing else to do. As the person is very close to you, you can keep them engaged. Go for movies, adventures, do whatever that person likes to do. Take pictures, eat, travel, give him/her no time to check his/her phone. The addiction will fade away.

First point is your feeling or hesitation on being social media which you are not interested to be in.
You need to see better options and change your mind to use some other good things. I was one time addicted to facebook even. But when i started using Welcome to ShareNSearch – Interest based social networking site i stopped using facebook because….

1) Being social doesn’t mean keeping your real friends in virtual world.
2) Being always in contact with your own friends in whatsapp.
3) Social means exactly to me to handle the real friends with proper strangers whom you are interested.
4) Sharensearch does the same thing, you just start following your interests and get to know who are all having same interests.
5) You can share your thought on the subject people who are interested in that can start commenting and giving suggestion to improve yourself.
6) Start being a social geek rather than being a normal user.
7) Be in some place where you feel special rather than being just a friend
8) Show your talent and follow your interested topics, become knowledgeable and meaningful social user.

Cheers!! When obstacles comes on your path change the direction to reach the destination.