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Why I Killed My Facebook Newsfeed

Facebook is a major distraction. As much as I love staying up to date with my friends and favorite businesses, Facebook can be a major time suck …and that’s why, for me, the newsfeed had to die.

Ever since the newsfeed came around in 2006, people have complained about its cluttered design and constant incoming of busy chatter. Over the years they’ve streamlined it, making images larger and using algorithms to show you more of what you like and less of what you don’t …supposedly.

Part of the reason for such an algorithm is that we’re great at liking things, but not so great at unfollowing or unfriending once something isn’t interesting to us anymore. Unfortunately, no mathematical equation can truly determine what we want to see, and so, without our consent, friends and businesses that we ARE interested in disappear from our newsfeeds because they don’t post with frequency or because we don’t interact enough with their posts.

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So, that’s just one grievance of mine with the newsfeed. Like Twitter, I want to decide what’s cluttering my newsfeed and remove it myself …you know, like a conscious adult.

Then there’s the time suck …you know exactly what I’m talking about.  You pop into Facebook to see what’s going on in the world and the next thing you know an hour has gone by. Many friends have given up Facebook for just this reason. “It was just too distracting” and “I had to take a break” are common things I’ve heard from friends.

So, here we are: it’s too distracting and it doesn’t give me all the things I’ve chosen to follow so, newsfeed, I’m saying goodbye. For your photos I’d rather check Instagram and for interesting links I’d rather be on Twitter.

Want to kill your newsfeed too? Below are some helpful links.

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kill-news-feed/hjobfcedfgohjkaieocljfcppjbkglfd?hl=en

Mozilla: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/kill-fb-feed/

What does it mean to kill your newsfeed?

It’s a productivity app that allows you to continue visiting friend’s pages and groups, as well as sending and receiving messages without a noisy newsfeed to distract you from your work.

Have thoughts on Facebook, the newsfeed or killing it? Let us know in the comments below!

Mittie.Roger
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Mittie Roger has been blogging for 5 years; her blog focuses on off the beaten path travel in the Americas. Both a blogger and a social media consultant, Mittie works with writers, brands, and artists of many mediums. Her first book of short stories, Aurora, was published in December of 2013 after its title story, “Aurora”, received second place in the 2012 Richard Bausch contest. Her fiction has also appeared in Our Stories and Monkey Puzzle Literary Magazine and her non-fiction has appeared in Land Rover Magazine, Land Rover Monthly and Fuse. Her most recent publication, These Boots Are Made for Walking: Travel Journal and Workbook, uses creative prompts to get you thinking differently, traveling more and experiencing life.

3 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:54h, 11 February

    Or you can try exercising self-control. 🙂

  • Joey Merrifield
    Posted at 18:43h, 11 February

    I think there is a 12 Step Program 🙂

  • E. Scholtz
    Posted at 12:24h, 12 February

    I HATE HATE HATE that our Facebook has literally being manipulated and taken over… It is very humbling when you are 72 yrs old and have no youngsters or children close to get you past the learing curve. It is so frustrating enough alone to be behind in technology without having to endure someone else being in control of what I see or don’t see.

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