De-Stress Your Social Media Life: Facebook

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How much time do you spend on Facebook each day?

If you’re like a lot of people, probably way too much. Seeing what your friend had for dinner last night or looking at another video of your roommate’s second cousin’s new puppy is eating up valuable minutes (or hours) out of your day.

When talking about productivity, social media can be a huge time suck, inundating you with inane posts that you really could do without. This is a gross over-generalization and to be honest, there is a lot of value in social media.

The dual nature of social media is evident every time you look through your timeline. Mixed in with the babble and senseless shares and retweets, there is valuable content and meaningful communication that can easily be lost in the mix. Snarky and argumentative posts do more than waste time; they change your state of mind.

Since leaving social media entirely alone is rarely a viable option, we’ve compiled some tips to take the stress out of your social media life.

Here are the top tips for de-stressing your Facebook experience so you can spend less time on it while still getting all the social connection you need.

Unfriend Carefully

Sorting through your Facebook feed can be frustrating, to say the least. You want to keep your high school friends and family members in it so you stay connected, but the crazy political posts and nonstop kid or pet pictures can take up the time you could be using to reconnect with that aunt you haven’t talked to in a year.

Selecting Unfriend from drop-down in Facebook

Simply clicking the Unfriend button when someone annoys you is an easy way to cause unnecessary drama in your online life.

Use unfriending as a last resort. While it will solve the problem in the short term, it could make next Thanksgiving with the family uncomfortable.

Unfollow Instead

Instead of unfriending someone that bothers you, you can unfollow his or her posts. Just hover over a person’s name in your timeline and click the Following button so that the checkmark goes away. Now you’re still friends with the person, but his or her posts won’t show in your timeline anymore.

Following button in Facebook

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Hide Posts

People love playing games, taking quizzes, and sharing the television shows they’re watching automatically on Facebook. Instead of hiding all of a friend’s posts just to get rid of that junk, Facebook gives you the option to hide posts from specific platforms.

To hide posts from a platform, just click the down arrow at the top right corner of a post and click Hide all from________. Now you’ll still see the status updates your friends post, but the junk will be hidden.

Hide all from option in Facebook

Use Lists

Sometimes your social media stress comes from what you post instead of what you read. If you would rather only your friends see your posts about your weekend escapades, just create a list for friends, family and work, and then add the correct people to each.

To edit or create Lists, click on the Friends header in the left menu bar of your Facebook page.

Friends list in Facebook

This will open up all the lists you currently have. Some are automatically created based on schools you’ve attended and places you’ve worked, but you can create your own as well. Just click the Create List button at the top of the page.

Create List button in Facebook
Give your list a name that will make you remember who’s in it. Then start typing the names of the friends you want to be a part of the list. Once you’re done, click Create.

Now when you post a status update, you can choose what list to share it with. Just be careful what list your Facebook automatically posts to, and you’re all set.
Status Update box with Friends drop-down in Facebook

Wrap-Up

Social media is more than just a way to talk to friends. It’s become one of today’s essential methods of communication. When used the right way, it can make your business and your life all the better.

Facebook can be an amazing tool to help you stay connected with friends, family, and business colleagues, but the junk can really bog it down. Streamlining your Facebook account can make it more useful and keep the posts you hate from ever showing up for you.

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