In a world full of people who will either judge you for a break up, insensitively keep reminding you of it, laugh at you or all of the aforementioned, Facebook cares. Among the countless options it has introduced over the past few years to make social media life easier for people, this one truly deserves an article of its own (not). Facebook now gives people the option to ‘hide’ their exes.
Nowadays people quite literally have their lives laid out on their Facebook profiles. These include life events, daily banters about almost anything and everything and most commonly, updates on one’s love life. At times like this, break ups can get quite messy, and the aftermath even worse. Let’s face it; it is not very pleasant seeing your ex-partner posting happy selfies with someone new just weeks into the breakup while you are still surviving solely on comfort food.
The new ‘Take a Break’ option from Facebook helps you ‘ease the pain’. This option allows to -
1. limit how much of one’s ex one sees on Facebook
2. limit how much one’s ex sees of themselves on Facebook
3. limit people's ability to see past posts where the two are together
Here’s the catch – the option pops up only when somebody is about to change their relationship status. More love life publicity for the win! Another fact that is especially mentionable for people who like stalking their exes on Facebook every now and then, this option does not restrict that. It only reduces the number of posts one will be seeing of said ex on the newsfeed, that too not 100%.
Most of the perks brought forth by this addition can however be achieved simply by restricting said ex from the newsfeed, or from one’s profile for good. This does not require un-friending the ex; it only restricts his/her content from showing up on the feed and vice versa. However, Facebook’s ever-changing privacy settings make it hard for people to keep track of who can see what on their friend’s lists.
The feature is currently only being tested in the US but should be available to all of the world’s broken hearted soon enough.
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