It's easier than ever to take a break from annoying Facebook friends

Ann Santiago
December 16, 2017

Big news is coming from Facebook. It's called "snooze" and some say it's a response to Facebook admitting that it can be bad for you. The mute will last for 30 days, giving you a break from certain political rants, troublesome news items or overly zealous commentary.

If you're familiar with the current Unfollow / Hide tool that let you permanently remove a user or page's updates from your feed without unfriending them, you'll find that this new Snooze feature is somewhat similar. You will receive a notification when a Snooze cycle comes to an end though, and it can be reversed at any time if you change your mind.

To snooze someone, look at one of their posts.

Facebook is slowly rolling out the Snooze feature and it may take a few days for people to see it in their news feeds.

While Facebook's blog post focused on muting individuals, it's notable that the feature is being extended to pages and groups as well.

The people, pages, and groups you snooze won't be notified.

The new addition was added to the site because users wanted more ways to control their newsfeeds, a post from Facebook Product Manager, Shruthi Muraleedharan, said. In fact, Twitter has it since 2014.

"The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works".

They present both positive and negative research on social media and write about what Facebook is doing to combat the negatives and prioritize the positives.

In some studies, researchers indicated that social media might cause an increased feeling of loneliness and depression.

The option will be available through the top-right dropdown menu on every post.

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