I was getting annoyed about Facebook and finding that I was spending time on it and not really finding it worthwhile, but the monkey-brain habit was already ingrained so I kept going back. I honestly stopped the habit completely with just a couple steps:
1. Uninstall the Facebook app
2. If I ever end up opening Facebook in the browser, log out completely when I'm done, and don't save the password or username
Turns out that when I have to go through several steps (open browser, navigate to Facebook, type in username, type in password) it's disruptive enough to the mindless "Check Facebook" routine I had developed that it killed it entirely. I went from checking it 5-6 times a day to checking it once or twice a month, and life is much better.
I expected to get back on FB to meet old friends / acquaintances from HS (maybe more). I goofed around and tried to get into "that thing" for a while and eventually found my best friend (ha) from the time. He had dreams of becoming a pilot. Turns out he actually DID. He was a passenger plane pilot and got to fly all around the globe. It was cool seeing pictures and reading short stories (he seemed to stay away from the constantly show a new female and alcohol in every picture). Anyhow, I talked to him for a while and he did the whole "HEY BRO!!!! Man we haven't talked in forever. When I'm in Cincy next, I'll get ahold of you and we can hang out!"
I waited and waited. I eventually saw that he came back and met up with "girls he knew here". Pictures, quick stories about going to bar x and hop z... Then he was gone again. No mention of me, no email, no phone or SMS contact, nothing. I waited a while longer (let's say over a year, no joke). He was coming into town for xmas with the family. I mentioned that we should hang out while he's in town and he responded with, "Yeah. We should! I'll call ya as soon as I get a chance and we'll do stuff."
Nothing. I prompted him for info as to when he was departing the area the day after xmas but got no response. I saw pictures from above the upper level cirrus clouds posted to his FB account on the flight he was piloting somewhere to continue work.
Repeat same things for another year - nothing but, "Yeah! I can't wait to see you! It's been so long and there's a lot we need to catch up on, bro!"
After getting dodged another year, I literally said, out loud, "What in the fuck am I wasting my time on this stupid site for?"
I deleted my account (which, of course it says it will keep inactive and ready to re-engagement for 6 months). I haven't touched it since.
I created a twitter account to get in contact with a female friend (messed around with, heh) from the past and got nothing but ignored and blocked. Deleted that account.
I have been perfectly fine without it. There are some places that reference "news" or a "story" or "pictures" or "[insert name of information here]" that are on FB, but you can't see it unless you log in first. Never did; just searched Google for the same information and found it and references to it. I have not had one single session of any "social media" crap since. My life is just fine. Sure, I miss out on the latest "meme viral joke thing" or "stupid picture or video of dumb shit that over 100,000,000 viewers have watched". I see other people at work and a relative (on xmas visit she comes into town) who are doing "that thing" where they need to constantly respond to something, laugh at something that no one else has a clue about, or post on their own and verbally indicate to "their friends" with a little chortle that there's something for them to group together and laugh about if they all just pull out their phones and go to the FB thing.
Then, I looked at how much time people spend on it every day. It's more time than I've spent writing this comment, multiplied by at least 3.
I still get by just fine without it or any desire for it. I must be a sick person who needs mental help or the latest antidepressant medication (whatever it is these days). LOL!