Based on conversations in real life and online, it appears that one of the biggest reasons why people who hate Facebook refuse to leave Facebook is that they fear missing out on important updates from family and friends: births, graduations, new jobs, vacations.
To me, this is a fascinating problem that begs a solution.
One possibility is to send updates to Facebook via third party software. Software such as Hootsuite and Buffer can allow you to post updates without setting foot in Facebook, which deprives them of your eyeballs for ad revenue. However, how do you receive updates from family members without logging into Facebook? In addition, with each update you send to Facebook, you are contributing your family and friends’ time to Facebook’s advertisers.
What do you think? Could you leave Facebook within the next six months? Does an alternative to Facebook currently exist? Is there a way to move your family and friends off of Facebook?