So the new year is here and one of the many things I have seen going around on people’s Goal List is “spend less time on Facebook”. It’s true, we catch ourselves endlessly scrolling in the evil vortex of doom and all it is doing is pissing us off and sucking up your time. Meanwhile your laundry has piled up, you’re arguing with someone over politics and ultimately what is fun is no longer fun. YET THERE WE ARE. It’s hard! I know cause I have tried and failed miserably.
One thing I have noticed, at least in my own personal experience, is that I am seeing a lot of the same, a lot that bothers/pisses me off/is irritating or lot of things I really don’t care about….
Articles from Fox News
Posts from George Takei and you aren’t George Takei (let’s face it, everyone is his “friend”)
Political topics and conspiracy theories I do not wish to engage in
Check Ins, apps, games.
You catch my drift.
Why am I spending so much time getting annoyed at something that is meant to be social, fun and entertaining?! I like networking, I like keeping up with friends, shit, I like making new friends! I have met some great people because of fb. I am not alone here. But in a day and age where it has almost become a necessary evil, how do you make it tolerable or even enjoyable? I have devised a plan and somehow it is actually working for me. I figured I would share.
MY GUIDE TO MAKING FACEBOOK FUN AGAIN
The FAQ on that site can be lame, unhelpful or confusing. I am going to make this nice and simple.
1. Get rid of the ads.
For those of you on the desktop version, you are bombarded with a bunch of crap you don’t want to look at. Many months ago I installed AD BLOCK and let me tell you, it is a godsend. No more pesky ads to places you don’t shop, weight loss bullshit, you name it. Do it! You won’t regret it. It is available for many browser versions.
2. The Art Of Unfollowing
This comes in multiple parts…
While in your feed, say you see a post from a person you don’t like, hover on the top right corner (under the line) and you will get a drop down menu that looks like this
– You can hide just that post
– You can unfollow that particular person
– You can hide EVERYTHING that is being shared from that particular website they shared from.
That last one is a nifty option. You will never see a post from website X again, unless you go there.
3. It’s Not You, It’s Me
There comes a time where your friend or relative starts posting a bunch of malarkey, to the point where you really don’t want to see anything from them anymore. IT’S OK! Don’t feel bad if you do. We aren’t all the same, we differ in opinions so much and there is nothing wrong with closing the door to something that is only going to upset or offend you. It doesn’t mean you have to write your Aunt Jane out of the will, you just don’t want to see the stuff she posts. Again, IT’S OK.
This is the tough one for people cause they feel bad that they put you on the hide list. Look, don’t feel bad about it! You’re not removing them all together (unless you want to *snicker*), you are just removing them from the daily and sometimes multiple times a day invasion. Besides, if your friends, family or acquaintances base their relationship on whether you read their Facebook feeds then you got to wonder if hiding them was actually a good thing.
So here you go…
If you can’t do it like I explained in #1, go to their page and you will see this…
Click on “following” and it will change to “follow”. AKA you will no longer see their posts in your feed. No, it’s not going to send them an email telling them either. (This is the best option for those of you on your phones)
All of this sounds horrible doesn’t it? See it this way… your feed is an open window and every time someone farts, smokes or coughs near your window, that business is coming IN YOUR HOUSE. As much as you don’t want to admit it, the things we subject ourselves to online trickle into your headspace and not everyone has the capacity to just let it roll off their back. I know I don’t.
Trust me, you will feel liberated and after a while you don’t even think about it anymore. You can still check in on your people from time to time but you get to do it on your terms. Try it.
I know this because I recently went on a massive hiding/unfollowing spree. Why? Because my house smelled like fart and I wanted it to change. So now all I see is art, friends who don’t post a bunch of shit, music, musicians, people who inspire me, websites I subscribe to and enjoy reading. That’s it! And guess what? It works. My use of Facebook has decreased, I am not on there so much cause my feeds are significantly shorter and I am subjecting myself to something that can be fun, useful and it’s on MY terms. Bonus: more time to do shit I should actually be doing… like art and folding the ignored mountains of laundry.
Pretty cool place to be, yo.