Facebook recently added a mute button or a snooze option that enables you to unfollow someone temporarily or for 30 days. The good thing is that the people you muted will not know that you “snoozed” them. So, yes, you need it to mute some of your annoying “friends” on Facebook.
What can this option do?
As mentioned earlier, you can temporarily mute your friends on Facebook. That is, you can hide them. But it is not only friends but also Pages and Groups that keep on appearing your News Feed. By using the snooze button, their updates will not appear on your News Feed for a month.
“One of our core News Feed values is giving people more control. Over the next week, we’re launching Snooze, which will give you the option to temporarily unfollow a person, Page or group for 30 days. By selecting Snooze in the top-right drop-down menu of a post, you won’t see content from those people, Pages or groups in your News Feed for that time period.” – Facebook Team
Before the Snooze period ends, Facebook will notify you. You can also reverse it anytime.
This new option is a commonly requested feature, according to Facebook. That is why the company hopes that it will provide its users a more positive user experience. With it, you can easily mute one or some of your friends’ posts who keep on publishing irritating cat videos.
But the mute button is not a new feature. In fact, Twitter has it since 2014. However, this feature comes as the company faces serious questions about its adverse effects on society. In the last few weeks, two of its former executives voiced their concerns about the company’s impact on children’s brains. One of them stated that social media ruins our society.
During a November interview at Stanford University, Chamath Palihapitiya, a former executive of Facebook, stated that:
“Social networks are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works and eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”
But Facebook stated that it had become a socially conscious social network in recent years. However, Facebook researchers are now thinking about the issue and wondering whether or not the time that users spend on Facebook is right for them.
In some studies, researchers indicated that social media might cause an increased feeling of loneliness and depression. Other studies also showed that people only use social media and technology to pass the time.
Facebook’s own research team found some pros and cons of using its social media platform. When people consume information passively on their News Feed but do not interact with them, they feel worse. The reason for it is not clear. However, some researchers posited that reading about others over the Internet may compel them to compare themselves to others, thereby, getting a negative feeling about it.
But if people interact with their friends on social media, they feel a lot better about themselves.
With the Snooze option, it may probably assist users in screening some content that they do not like, so that they can focus on posts that they can interact with.