Take a Social Media Break Without Really Taking a Break

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It’s OK to go ahead and admit it: social media is adding stress to your life. You’ve probably thought about taking a social media break, but the reality is it’s not going anywhere. 

You can, however, take some control of what you’re seeing. Yes, indeed, there are ways to stop seeing posts without unfriending someone so that Thanksgiving dinner isn’t awkward. 

Here’s a look at ways to filter out the noise from trolls and keyboard warriors to help you avoid having social media rage: 

Snooze, unfollow and more on Facebook

There are several options that can help you filter what you’re seeing on Facebook. You can also filter your own content by limiting who sees your posts. You can check out our previous post about your friends and “friends except” options, as well as making sure your posts aren’t “Public.” 

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If you want to take a break from seeing posts from a friend or page, it’s time to explore the three dots on posts. 

The three dots are seen on every post on both the desktop and app versions of Facebook. When you tap on that, you have options. 

Snooze for 30 days

When you select this, it’s like hitting snooze on an alarm clock. But it lasts MUCH longer. Unless you venture over to your friend’s page, you won’t see their posts for a month. 

On that 31st day, their posts will return to your newsfeed as normal. 

Unfollow

This option takes your friend’s posts out of your news feed for good, but you’ll remain friends. You can undo this option by going to their page and following again. They’ll never know you did this. 

Blocking

If you choose to unfriend someone, you can also take the stop of making sure they can’t even find you on Facebook. When you block someone, they won’t even see other posts that you are tagged in. 

You can unblock someone in your privacy settings. 

Muting, blocking options on Twitter

Instead of three little dots, Twitter has a “v” dropdown option on all of its posts on desktop and in its app. 

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From here you have options – you can add people to a list so you can break out groups of people into separate lists for you to follow conversations.

This is an excellent way to find conversations you want to check in on regularly. (Find out how to use Twitter’s list feature HERE.)

The “Mute” option will filter that user out of your overall feed.

There is no time limit on this, so if you want to unmute that account, you have to go to their profile to change it or find your muted profiles in your Settings (which is shown in the screenshot below). 

The “Block” option will unfollow that user and then also block them from seeing your posts. While they will not get a notification for this, they will see on your profile that you have been blocked. 

If you get annoyed by a trending hashtag or phrase on Twitter, you can also mute those words. You have to go to your “Settings and Privacy” option to find.

You’ll then navigate over to the “Muted words” area and add in what you want to mute. You will have multiple “mute” options here, including how long you want to take a pause on those words. 

Social media break - muted words on Twitter

Muting Accounts on Instagram

If there’s a user on Instagram you need a break from, you need to first click on the three vertical dots on a post. 

In the app, you then have options to mute just their posts or their posts and story. The desktop version does not have this option – only an unfollow option.

If you want to Unmute a user, you have to go to their profile, or find a list of muted accounts in your privacy settings.

When you visit their profile, you click on the “following” button to navigate to the Mute settings. 

A final reminder: Watch what you say

One thing to remember when it comes to social media posts, anything you say has the potential to be permanent. Even if you’ve deleted a post, someone may have taken a screenshot of it. 

If you feel rage about something or someone’s post, take a deep breath. Ask yourself if you REALLY want to type that out and hit enter.

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