I basically abandoned my facebook profile. I had a personal tragedy and I shut it down while I dealt with it. In time, I found myself to be a much happier individual--more engaged in the now and not what other people were doing and/or humble-bragging about.
I sometimes take a quick peek, but I quickly realize that I'm not missing anything or anyone on there. Being away actually improved the relationships I wanted to nurture and gave me back free time that had previously been monopolized by constant facebook updates.
Don't get me wrong, I do think social media useful and fun, but for me--someone who need to break away from depressive and anxious thought--it was very necessary. I highly recommend giving it a try. It's amazing.
I've quit social media before because I moved onto a property in a national forest and had no internet. It was wonderful, but now I'm back in society and check Facebook, Twitter, and SnapChat daily, multiple times a day and I'm so sick of it but I can't seem to help it... T_T
I quitted Facebook a bit over a year ago because it was a bit problematic for me. I'm that kind of a person who is interested in almost everything, and I'm also not very good in focusing my attention to one thing at a time, so I get easily overwhelmed by information - and Facebook provides a lot of information and a lot of distractions. I was in FB for several years, and in the end I felt like it was the main reason why my head as well as my calendar were always full of random stuff and I never had time to do things I actually wanted to do. The other reason for quitting were of course the security issues.
I'm not planning to quit DA though. It doesn't have the same problems. I can take more easily breaks from here: It's possible to be away for months and then come back and its okay for me and the society as well.
Sometimes I still feel I should go back to Facebook because I haven't "talked" to many of my old friends in ages and it would be nice to get back in contact with them. (I don't have their phone numbers or anything. FB was our only way to communicate. It's a bit sad.) But then I remember how good it felt to get rid of FB and let it be.
I quit facebook because it's security is terrible, although I have other reasons too. I recently quit twitter because I didn't like the updates. I'm tempted to quit DA just because I feel like it's a massive time-sink and I can't really justify spending that amount of time staring at a screen. I wish almost that I could view challenges ect, but not participate in the social aspect of it. But then that's mostly the whole point of DA. So I'm back and forth about it. If I hadn't invested so much time into it already, I would have given up long ago.
I also tend to be absent on dA and then come back again. Those low-periods are not as long as yours but they are there. I often experience this lack of motivation for networking when I engaged myself a lot in it. Then I always realize how it takes up a lot of time of my day and the motivation fades. Endless cycle ^^
I quit Myspace when it became too "uncool" to be on it, haha! Old times. I always think I'd probably be happier without a FB account (a personal one) but I have moved abroad a few years back and find it the most convenient way to keep up with what's new with people from back home, as well as friends from uni who have moved away, get art advice etc.!
Staying in touch with people (especially from college) ist the one reason for me to actually stay on FB as well. Planning events on there is also more convenient than over email. I wonder if FB will last though. Younger folks tend to think that FB is becoming uncool. I guess it's all just a matter of time until FB will be outdated- like many other platforms before.
I quitted a few of known social media platforms... Especially Facebook. I thought about leaving DeviantArt, too, since there isn't any feedback anymore. Well, at least I feel like that. I left Facebook because of the toxic community and their way of treating users.
Unfortunately, I'm starting to feel the same way about dA. I also feel like it has become much harder to make people see your art. I guess there are just not as many active people of this platform anymore, compared to maybe 5 years ago. I can also see why ppl spend more time on Instagram than on e.g. dA, since Instagram is much easier and faster than dA. You don't even have to lable your art. You can just put it up there and either ppl like it or not. Very simple and fast-paced. Of course Instagram also has a lot of downsides, but I think it has become much more effortless to be seen on Instagram and to upload on a regular basis.
I'm on FB, Instagram and dA and I tend to spend a little less time on dA compared to a year ago. I've been thinking about the reasons for that but I couldn't really come up with a conclusion. Maybe it's just about being fed up with sharing content or coming up with concepts. It's great how you're so loyal to dA Makes me happy somehow
On any of these, if it is going to be positive and worthwhile, one needs to figure out how to ignore the noise and limit what one tries to follow and interact with. I keep having to pare back the list.
Yes have quit social medias, it is suprising that just when you feel good about one or several, there are people that just make it a hassle to be able to continue within the group snd/or media... Even within this structure of DeviantArt there have been times that yes it has gotten so large that many artists are no longer friendly... nor do they answer you when you've asked a question... in the short time I've been part of this social media...I can count on one hand just how many people have really looked and responded to my style of drawing...it's sad when you think hey there are those out there that care to help... but haven't found to many...
I like responding to artists that I follow is it not why we are here?
Although I haven't quit social media altogether, I can totally relate to how you feel. In addition to what you've already said, I think dA missed the point of actually changing things on their platform to make it a more personal but also easy and enjoyable experience. It's become so hard to get your art to be seen by ppl compared to maybe 5 years ago. I can see why ppl switch to Instagram for its fast-paced and easy way to actually show things. On dA, you always to lable, describe your art and put it into categories, whereas the outcome of this "hard work" (if you do it right and reasonably) is rather small. It's kind of depressing when you think about it long enough. Oh well..