Top Ten Online Services and Types that We Should Give Up

In recent years technology has advanced to where literally everything is becoming online. People always need things faster and they need to get things done faster. All of this comes at the cost of privacy and freedom. Large corporations such as Google and Amazon now control a large portion of the entire internet, they censor the internet and spy on everyone.

When someone finally realizes that they can finally do something to protect their privacy other than enabling incognito mode or "do not track" (neither which actually do anything to protect it), they will likely start finding alternatives to popular services, but this isn't the way. Instead you should ask yourself "do I really need this spyware service?". You'll be amazed at how much of this you don't need. In order to achieve true privacy, we should start by not being dependent on all the online services ran by these evil corporations.

The Top Ten


OK, yeah, this belongs on this list. - DKartWoomy

Social Media

Social media is a plague to society. Not just social media, but also smartphones. People spend hours on these things just scrolling through random posts on Facebook or Twitter instead of having a real social life and interacting with people. They waste hours of their time on those devices when they could be doing something productive. - RogerMcBaloney

It seems like in the past 20 years the term "friend" has been redefined from someone you hang out with in real life to someone who follow online. You don't need 1000+ friends (coming from someone who never got past 50). Focus on spending time with the people you actually care about in real life (way less than 1000+), not on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or Reddit.

For all people are singing its praises given current circumstances, it still brings out the worst in people.

I actually agree with this one. Social Media is honestly dumb and stupid. I can live without it. - RadioHead03

Google Translate

Didn't they ever teach you Spanish at school? Why not just learn the language or ask someone who knows the language. Don't rely on Google for learning a second language.

Google Translate doesn't understand idioms - darthvadern

Not even accurate. - aj2005


Have to give up cause covid 19

Amazon, commonly known as Amazon, is an American electronic commerce and cloud computing company that was founded on July 5, 1994, by Jeff Bezos and is based in Seattle, Washington.

Ever heard of an actual store? If you need something, you get in your car and drive to a store. Then you enter the store, find whatever you need, and you buy the item in person. There's no shipping fees or long waits, just the item you needed, and plenty of exercise (get out and go for a walk instead of ordering online).

Besides, we really shouldn't be supporting Amazon anyway. Their employees suffer from terrible work conditions (literally hell). Over the course of five years, there have been 189 suicide attempts by Amazon workers because of this. Get out and support your local stores, even if it means you have to spend an extra $5.

Ever heard of you can't find what you need in the actual store? Online shopping allows the public to just click what they need and not have to bother stressing to get one thing in a huge store. - BloodFang

Not only that but it also add more choices with prices on items. - Mcgillacuddy

We can always petition Jeff Bezos to actually give his employees better compensation. The more the better, and if enough people boycott then he'll have to give eventually.

No offense but this is probably the worst list of March 2020 though. Getting rid of Online Services especially during a quarantine is the worst thing to do, even if there are bigwigs screwing with their employees and doing online shopping or streaming means everything is right where you want it. - NuMetalManiak

Yeah I figured this list would get a lot of hate. I probably should've called it "things we can give up".

I get where you're coming from, I do. But if one wants to bulk buy and most affordable pricing, they may find themselves supporting these large and monopoly-like companies, such as Cosco, Wal-Mart (which is basically the Amazon retail equivalent). Personally, I try my best to support the smaller and most local companies and products. Especially through the difficult times the economies are facing right this minute. - ParasN2000

Cloud Storage

I wouldn't be surprised if the companies sold or used all your information and files or even gave them to the government. - RogerMcBaloney

It's not that hard to use a USB drive for backups. All you need to do is copy + paste your important files onto it, at least once per month, and before major system upgrades.

Video Streaming Services

When it comes to video games, I always prefer to buy a physical copy of the games I play instead of buying the digital version. - RogerMcBaloney

VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blu-rays used to be very popular, then online services like Netflix killed them. For only $10 a month you can access all the movies in the world. Sounds good right? Wait until you realize that Netflix's library is very small and most of your favorite TV shows and movies aren't even on there. What happened to the fun in collecting DVDs and Blu-Rays. At least those can't spy on you, block your VPN, or deny access if you don't have DRM enabled.

Netflix has originals, offering easier ways to rent movies with prime, so people who do want movies but no physical collection is better for them - iliekpiez

Blu-rays and DVDs are better than Netflix; change my mind. - aj2005

Facebook Facebook is a corporation and an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States.

I deleted my facebook in may 2017 I don't miss it - trains45

Online Bible

Not only the Bible, but also any book. It's way better to have a physical copy. - RogerMcBaloney

This one I agree with. Just use a real Bible. No need to look it up online. - RadioHead03

There are still physical copies of Bibles. Buy an actual print Bible instead of reading from Bible Gateway or YouVersion.

Agreed. Real Bibles are so much better. - 2storm

Online News Aggregators

We can forget Google News, Microsoft News, and Apple News. Newspapers still exist, and I'm sure there's some independent media on TV (Free Speech TV being the only one I could find). If you need the internet to read news, visit the actual website, or try using Liferea (assuming you even use Linux).

I don't trust any news source tbh. - aj2005

The Contenders


I used to be a Spotify user until recently when I gave it up realizing I didn't need it anymore. Vinyl is still around. Why not buy physical copies of your favorite albums and just listen to those? We don't need Spotify to listen to music. You can listen to In the Court of the Crimson King on vinyl, right? Actually go to a store, find the vinyl record, buy the record and listen to it on vinyl.

Wow, this is kind of insulting to those who can't buy lots of stuff. Hell, lots of stuff might not be found at stores. This list shouldn't really go that far. Sorry my man - DKartWoomy

Really though? I find Spotify quite useful, as you can add songs you want to listen to next in your queue, and plus, you can listen to it when you’re not in the app, which is great if you want to play some video games or draw something on a painting app if you want some music to listen to. - IceFoxPlayz

I like Spotify. You can make playlists, add songs and download them when you have premium and you won’t get bothered with ads. You can also listen songs when you aren’t on the app. Not to forget Spotify has a good streaming quality. Premium option should be affordable for most people too. Why should we give up a good working streaming service? - Userguy44

There's youtube already so this is useless - darthvadern

I have used youtube on my mobile though (free) and it worked just fine, as long as I create a playlist - darthvadern

Google Calendar

There's this thing called a paper calendar. Unlike Google Calendar, it doesn't store everything you write onto Google's servers. Do you really want Google to know what your summer plans are (assuming life somehow returns back to what normal was before COVID-19).

Google Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.

Unlike Consoles, Stadia Spies on you Tracking all of your data for ADS! - Google Cira 2019.

A terrible company. Find an alternative like DuckDuckGo and Qwant, really there's no difference with the alternative. - UL

Yes we can give up Google and all their services, but we do need search engines. Use DuckDuckGo or Searx as an alternative. I do not recommend Startpage since it uses Google results (censorship) and was recently bought by an advertising company.

DuckDuckGo is better anyways. - PerfectImpulseX

Google Maps

Ok, so maybe an online map would be great for long-distance car travel, but we have OpenStreetMap for that. Alternatively, you could use paper maps if those even exist anymore. For short-distance drives, just learn the layout of your town. You should know how to get from home to a restaurant less than 5 miles away.

Once again, Google Maps isn’t useless. Paper maps might be confusing for people. Plus, OpenStreetMap doesn’t have an app on mobile devices. While Google Maps has an app on mobile devices. With Google Maps, you can just pull up the app, and get the directions you need for your destination. - RadioHead03
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