A reader hates Facebook but loves the messaging capabilities.

“Here’s the problem I’m stuck with: I despise Facebook and want to delete it completely! However, until I can find a suitable replacement for the Messenger app (which is part of the Facebook account), I can only deactivate it. If I delete the account, I lose contact with everyone on Messenger, as it’s gone, too. I’m not at the point yet that I can cut those lines of communication.”

The good news for you is that you don’t need a Facebook Account to use Messenger. You can sign up with just your phone number from a smartphone.

Or you could get the Messenger app from the Windows or Apple app store and just never visit your Facebook feed.

Keep in mind that you can control what you see on your Facebook Feed. If you don’t want to be bothered with looking at posts, don’t follow any pages. You can also unfollow all of your friends. That way you still have them as friends should you want to post something.

Just click the three-dot menu icon next to any post. Then choose Unfollow from the drop-down menu.

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