Facebook was dropped by 100,000 people in Britain last month. But breaking up is hard to do, so here's how.

This article titled “How to deactivate your Facebook account” was written by Homa Khaleeli, for The Guardian on Tuesday 14th June 2011 19.00 UTC

Well, this is awkward. The social networking site that allows you to “edit friends” was quietly dropped by 100,000 people in Britain last month, according to Inside Facebook. Facebook dismissed the figures, but just in case the thought has crossed your mind, just how do you log off permanently?

▶ Don't get sucked in. Go to the account menu on the top righthand corner of the page and click on account settings, then deactivate account. But whatever you do, don't look at your news feed. Yes, your friend just got back from working as a child psychologist in Uganda, but I'm sure it was really boring. That YouTube link to the mayor of Oslo singing Simply the Best while promising to buy a polar bear won't be funny. Ask your friends to send you nice invitations through the post instead.

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