Ah, social media. The third-wheel in every single life situation that we love to hate and hate to love. To be honest, I don’t consider myself a good blogger these days because of my adverse feelings and attitude toward social media (Twitter being the exception). Friendships have been bruised (some, ruined) because of social media. And, while I don’t generally consider myself an envious person, I’ve recently fallen prey to the comparison game. It’s an unpleasant and rather ugly place to be. Especially when some of those feelings are caused by people that hold minimal to no significance in my life.
So, just like I’m good at doing in other areas of my life it’s time to Marie Kondo my social media presence. Meaning if someone or something doesn’t spark joy in the digital world, it’s gone. Starting with the granddaddy of them all: Facebook. Since deleting my account altogether is not an option right now, I made one simple change last week that immediately lifted a weight from my shoulders.
I unfollowed everyone. My news feed is gone.
That’s right! With the exception of some news outlets (Facebook is still the easiest way for me to get daily headlines) and a few select bloggers, my news feed is non-existent. Not even family and close friends! Guess we’ll just have to go the OG route with texts/calls/emails when anything important happens. Sorry, not sorry!
There was an immediate shift in my mood when I figured out this trick. Ryan was right there with me, and he even commented that I seemed pretty happy with this development. I was, and still am! There’s something to be said about solely worrying about yourself and your everyday actions, not “wondering” what others are up to and if you measure up.
I’m just at a point in my life where my perspective has shifted about what I feel the need/want to and not to share. And, I’m not passing judgment on others that choose differently than me – you do you! I’m truly happy for everyone and anyone that really is as happy as they portray on their social feeds (even though that’s not usually the case). Just at this point in time when it’s affecting my mental health and overall daily mood, I have to remove myself from the source of unhappiness.
How to customize or delete your Facebook feed
It’s possible that I’m behind on the times on this trick, but I feel like it’s worth sharing if you’re in the same boat. Super easy and takes less than five minutes!
+ In your profile, go to Settings & Privacy.
+ Select Settings.
+ Scroll down to News Feed Settings, then select News Feed Preferences.
+ On the News Feed Preferences landing page, select Unfollow People to Hide Their Posts.
+ Select every person and page that you want to unfollow. Use the Filter feature to sort by Friends, Pages and Groups to make it easier.
Boom, you’re done! It’s just that easy. If you choose to still follow some people/pages and you want to take it a step further, also check out the Prioritize feature on the News Feed Preferences landing page. Here is where you can specify the order in which you want to see content – for example, my news feed now shows CNN updates first, then entertainment news, etc.
Also, if you change your mind at anytime, go back to the News feed Preferences landing page and simply select Reconnect With People You Unfollowed to have people/pages reappear on your timeline.
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