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'I'm off Facebook till I become an IAS officer'

July 14, 2014 13:49 IST

'I'm off Facebook till I become an IAS officer'

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We had asked you, our readers to tell us if you've tried to stay off Facebook

ALSO READ 'I quit Facebook and nobody cared'

Here, Pinky Swamy from Chennai shares a rather inspiring reason for staying off the social networking site. She says:

Quitting Facebook for a cause' would be the right way to describe my case.

For an aspiring software engineer, who was very active on the Internet and on the social networking sites -- I was on Orkut during my college days -- it was inevitable that I'd become a proud Facebook user around the year 2009.

I'd spend almost two to three hours on Facebook searching my school buddies, college mates, my neighbours and playmates from other cities -- all of whom I missed staying in touch with due to my father's transferable job.

I had added them all in my 'Great friends list' and within a very short time; my friend list became a mammoth.

The intermission in my story came when I set forth to become a civil servant.

I packed my bags and landed in New Delhi's Rajendra Nagar -- the holy place for all civil service aspirants.

If you think I quit Facebook for good, you're wrong.

In fact, I have now started using it in a different way. I use it to connect with various events and study groups -- that's my mission now.

So why did I quit, you may ask?

I just wanted to display a profile with my name followed by IAS and a display picture of me at my workplace. Until that happens I have taken an oath to stay off Facebook.

P S: To all my friends who keep calling and mailing me for my sudden withdrawal from Facebook, WhatsApp, Hike, WeChat, don't worry, I will be back in May 2015 with a big bang :-)

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Sagar Kanungo also tells us how he motivated himself to deactivate his Facebook account:

I deactivated my Facebook account two months ago.

I didn't find it interesting any more.

I have been using Facebook since February 2010.

There was a time when I was so addicted to it.

My only aim was to share all my pictures on it -- from my childhood and photographs of the places I visited during weekends etc.

I used to browse my friends' photos, their status updates and also post my comments on it.

The best time I used Facebook was during India's World Cup Triumph in 2011 and the recent Lok Sabha elections.

During this time, I participated in constructive discussions with my friends in the groups I was part of.

There were arguments too but we never allowed it to affect our relationship.

I'm enjoying my life without Facebook since the last two months.

I don't find any noticeable difference in my daily life.

In fact I have only deactivated my profile (not permanently deleted it).

In future, if I need to contact any of my friends, I can reach out to them easily.

Besides that, there is no purpose behind maintaining the account.

Do you think your life will be more fun without Facebook's interference?

Were you not living a happier social life before Facebook caught you unawares?

Did you ever try to stay off Facebook and succeeded?

Please mail us your story at getahead@rediff.co.in with subject line (Quitting Facebook) and we will publish the best responses on Rediff.com.


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