Are you in control of your social media feed?
We spend so much time scrolling through our phones that it’s so easy to drown in information, toxic and misleading posts, and unwanted updates. It’s like all the people and things we want to see are buried underneath and you can’t get to them unless you visit their profiles.
Don’t get us wrong. Social media is a great way to connect with the world and entertain yourself, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful to look at. How can you control your social media feed so that everything you see are things you actually want to see?
Before you give up and convince yourself (for the 654th time) to quit social media(and then come back again when your friend tags you in a post), hear us out first. Social media can still be a wonderful space. There are ways to dig through all the noise and clutter and take control of what you see on your social media timeline.
Do a Social Media Declutter
It turns out Marie Kondo was right. “Discard everything that does not spark joy.” This doesn’t only apply to your tea set collection at home; it applies to your social media too.
Do a thorough review of your social media accounts and figure out the things that are cluttering your feed.
Is it the pages, people, or tags you follow? Is it the people you’re friends with? Do you get too many unwanted notifications? Are you seeing hateful or rude comments? Do you get too many annoying ads? Figuring out where the clutter is coming from will help you manage your social media feed a bit better.
Now it’s time to take action. Here are a few tips to help you out.
Manage Your Pages:
- Only Like or Follow the pages you actually care about and don’t be afraid to Unlike or Unfollow the ones you’re not interested in.
- You can turn on your notifications for a specific page and it will alert you whenever they post something new.
Manage the People:
- Only follow or accept friend requests from people you know or want to hear from.
- Unfollow or unfriend the accounts you don’t know or people who are spreading hateful or misleading content.
- Mute the people you can’t Unfriend or Unfollow (like your aunt that posts 12 times a day): Don’t worry. They won’t get a notification that you muted them. Check out this guide from alphr on how to mute people on different social media platforms.
- Block or report accounts that are spreading false news, hate speech or encourage unwanted behavior.
Manage the Ads:
Either hide or report ads as you see them on your social media feed, by clicking on the three dots on top of the post and selecting hide or report.
Manage the Comments:
- Control who can comment on your posts: On Facebook and other social media platforms, you can choose if everyone on the platform can comment or limit it to just your Friends or Followers.
- If it’s a comment on your post, you can hide, delete, or report rude or inappropriate comments.
- If it’s a rude or inappropriate comment on someone else’s post, you can report it and block the user.
Social media can affect us in many ways and it’s a great way to stay in touch with the people and things we care about. But when it gets piled up with things we don’t want to see, the best thing to do is take action.
And while controlling your social media feed until it displays the kinds of posts you want to see takes a bit of time, it’s definitely better than having a cluttered and noisy timeline. We need to make sure that the things we spend hours looking at and scrolling through are relevant and positive.
What about you? What kind of posts do you like seeing on your timeline? Or what kinds of posts tend to annoy you? Let us know in the comments!
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