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

Posted December 17, 2017

Facebook today is launching a new feature created to give users more control over what content they see in their News Feed: a "Snooze" button.

The snooze button can accessed from the drop-down menu on any post that pushes you over the edge.

"We've heard from people that they want more options to determine what they see in News Feed and when they see it", noted Facebook product manager Shruthi Muraleedharan, in a blog post.

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.

If there's a friend, group, or Page that you're getting too many posts from in your timeline, you can now tap the three dots near the top right of any of their posts, and choose "Snooze [name] for 30 days".

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In case you change your mind about seeing their posts again, Facebook will notify you when the Snooze period is coming to an end. "It turns out, you're not alone", the company said in a statement. Of course, life would be easier if we all felt more comfortable just unfriending people we got exhausted of on Facebook, but one step at a time. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified.

"With people spending more time on social media, many rightly wonder whether that time is good for us", they wrote.

Do you think Facebook is damaging social interaction?

Facebook can get a little overwhelming at times, especially in today's era of fake news and hot-topic political takes.

In many ways it's a friendlier option than Facebook's "Unfollow" feature, which keeps the person hidden permanently, or at least until you undo it.