I’ve been toying with the idea of uninstalling WhatsApp from my phone for quite sometime.
Given the popularity of the application, it has become almost impossible to have a “normal” life without it.
Whether in personal or professional life, WhatsApp has become an essential means of communication.
Yet, in spite of all the benefits that go along with it, I felt a great need to disconnect from the platform.
Which is why, I decided to quit using WhatsApp a few days ago, being completely aware of the challenges that I might encounter.
10 Reasons Why I Quit Using WhatsApp
1. To reduce screen time: I work online, so I spend a significant amount of time in front of the computer. Having WhatsApp adds to the screen time. Which isn’t good for my eyes, and drains energy unnecessarily.
2. To increase Focus: When you have a messenger on your phone that beeps regularly, you end up distracting yourself a lot more than you could imagine. Soon this becomes a habit, and you are no longer able to focus on a task for long periods of time.
It is no wonder that a majority of people suffer from attention disorders, and are so glued to their phones, that they can’t even have a simple conversation with someone, without taking a peek at their phone every few seconds. This is dangerous behavior, for being able to focus at a task, or in a conversation is a necessary aspect of life.
3. To switch off noise: Data, data, and more data, that’s what you get on WhatsApp. Most of which is useless. Whether it’s a funny GIF, or some other form of content, it’s not really so important that it should get your immediate attention. But given the way the application is designed, you end up being curious as to what’s being sent, due to the fear of missing out. Add to that, the constant “Status” updates, which are really nothing but stuff people share, that does not belong to a public forum. I will save you the details, but one thing’s for sure, people are slowly losing the sense of what is mean’t to be a totally private affair.
The way I see it, it is just another way for the owners of the application to get people to spend more time on it, and give them a chance to be nosy about what is happening in other people’s life. To me this is too much noise I’d rather stay away from.
4. To use time wisely: I noticed that not having to check an application constantly, I am able to turn to more useful things like reading a book, or having a real conversation with those who matter.
5. For peace of mind: I can’t tell you how liberating it is, to not be bombarded with data, I know WhatsApp has a Mute function and various other functions, but the point here is, the application is designed to get you to engage with it. That is its primary focus. Which is why, uninstalling it was the only way out.
6. To not offend people: Yes, that’s a big one. Earlier people used to get offended if you don’t answer their phone, or didn’t call back. These days, people get offended if you don’t look at their WhatsApp status, or don’t respond to their each and every message. I mean seriously? I am not a full time WhatsApp employee, who is sitting there eagerly waiting for your next message or status update. I’d rather do something more creative in my life, than be in a mess like this.
7. To improve my posture: People don’t realize this, but looking at your smartphone puts a lot of strain on your neck, for you are always looking down, which does not support proper breathing, and only ends up giving you a stiff neck.
8. To make a true connection: I feel that if you truly wish to connect with someone, you will make an effort to reach out to them, give a call or meet up. Sending a quick message or having a chat can appear like you are making a connection, but most often its just an easy way for people to pass time. By making myself and others less easily accessible, I am hoping I can have a true connection with a handful of people, instead of a fake one with a crowd.
9. To spend more time alone: Being on WhatsApp can give you an illusion that you are always having people around you. Who you can message, and share stuff with it. But in truth, it’s not the real deal. It is essential for a human being to learn to spend some time alone, which gives you an opportunity to introspect, and reflect on what is more important in life.
10. To stay away from WhatsApp culture: It is becoming increasingly evident, that the platform is slowly beginning to have its own culture, where people have adapted a certain social behavior, when it comes to birthdays, or other social events. It’s like a religion in itself, with a code of conduct, for how to wish on birthdays, how to compulsorily show off your affection for others, and in short, it is becoming a space for narcissism, and open criticism or strong views on various subjects. Not exactly the environment you want to be in, if you value peace of mind.
A better technology does not essentially equate to having a better life. Even with all the bells and whistles to the application, I find it to be a huge distraction, and not a necessary part of my life. Which is why, I have stopped using WhatsApp, and will stay resilient in finding ways to continue to not use it in the future.
I have asked those who wish to stay in touch with me, to send me an SMS or an email, as alternatives. And so far, it has been working absolutely fine. Life is truly much better now!
I don’t use any other messenger, I function on SMS, Email, and Phone calls.