The Pros And Cons Of Quitting Social Media

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Citing the stress of engaging with sites like Facebook and Instagram, many users deactivate their social media accounts for their emotional well-being, while others enjoy these platforms as a way of connecting with friends and family. The Onion presents the pros and cons of quitting social media:

PRO

  • All the colors, brightness of a world unimpeded by Amaro filtering
  • Interactions with colleagues limited to eight hours per day
  • One less barrier between you and friendly strangers on the bus looking to make conversation
  • No longer bound by prohibitive monthly user fees
  • Makes it easier to appreciate all the other organic sources of stress and insecurity life has to offer
  • Only chance to lower Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth by roughly .00000000001 percent
  • Concrete proof that you are a fascinating iconoclast

CON

  • Gradual loss of hashtagging, geotagging skills
  • Having to send out invites to your upcoming improv show via courier
  • Potential to become dangerously overconfident without a constant, direct comparison of your life to everyone else’s
  • Endless pining for ex-lover limited to pictures saved on hard drive
  • Unreliable offline metrics as to which House Of Cards character you are
  • Harder to keep in touch with family and friends’ idealized facsimiles