Although sometimes addictive, Facebook can also be a great way to connect with family and friends… Until it’s not. Social media, and especially Facebook, can be toxic and draining. If you’re feeling sad, angry, or frustrated with your Facebook feed lately here are some things to get rid of right now!
There are two options here when dealing with toxic people. If you can just cut them out of your life, do that. Unfriend them, even go so far as blocking them so you don’t have to see their posts ever again. If they’re a local friend, maybe saying something beforehand to explain why you’re not staying Facebook friends is a good idea. If that toxicity extends to a real world friendship it might also be time to break up.
For the friends you can’t cut out you can at least unfollow them so their posts won’t show up in your newsfeed.
People Who Are Only There to Sell
Supporting your friends in their direct sales ventures is a great thing and I strongly encourage everyone to do it, however, if someone has friended you ONLY because they want to promote a product it’s time to get them off your feed right now. You don’t have time to weed through sales pitches to get to your friends’ baby updates or vacation photos.
People Who’s Political/Social Views Make You Seethe
We all have a few friends that we know our views differ from each other but we still are able to stay friends with because it doesn’t come up too often. THEN there are those friends who bombard you with their aggressive and dramatic political statements or social views. We all have certain things that really annoy us and even worse it damages our relationship with that person because we’re able to tell a lot about what kind of person they are with each tacky meme. Again, unfriending or hiding are great options here.
People You Don’t Really Know/Care About
Who are you again?
Seriously, if you don’t know who someone is, and can’t figure out why you friended them even after checking over their profile, it might be time to send them off. Even if you do know who they are, but your lives have changed so much that they’re just not relevant to you and you don’t care about seeing their posts there’s no point in keeping them on your friends list.
Maybe you joined a group thinking it would be a great fit for you but found the members were a bit more “into” the topic than you are. Or maybe your lovely babygroup has turned into a sanctimonious oneuppmanship of parenting. If a Facebook group you’re in isn’t working for you and the drama or negativity is getting you down, it’s time to leave. Maybe add some of the members who you would really miss to your friends list so you can still keep in touch.
If you’ve been on Facebook for a long time then you’ll know how “interests” turned into “liked pages” on the platform. Many of us still have some old “likes” lingering from way back when. Go through your liked pages and get rid of the ones spamming up your newsfeed with stuff that isn’t relevant to you at all.
Usually when we like a page on Facebook we do so to enjoy their content. Sometimes, though, these pages actually do more harm than good. A great example of this is parenting sites, which seem like they would be a good idea. In practice, though, they tend to be full of shame, guilt, and even encourage the mommy wars for more publicity and engagement. If a page is posting a lot that bothers you, and especially if you find yourself getting bogged down in the comments, it’s time to say goodbye.
This one is more for your privacy and sanity than anything. If you’ve ever done a quiz and allowed it to post to your wall, you’ve probably given an app permission to access your account. You can go into your settings and revoke access for everything you’ve ever given permission to. What does permission do exactly? Depending what you clicked through (and probably didn’t read) it could do anything from post on your behalf, access our private information, or use your photos. Be selective over what you allow.
You know those people who post porn to groups that you think have been hacked? They’re probably just victims of app permissions gone bad.
Some people just feel the need to feed off drama and negativity. If you’re having a hard time removing any of these, or staying away from internet arguments, it might be time to re-evaluate if that’s how you best want to spend your precious free time. Did I miss anything? What has bothered you recently on Facebook?