Plenty of people on Facebook deserve to be unfollowed. Like that guy whose son your kid once had a playdate with and now won’t stop sending you daily links to donate to his fan fiction passion project. But there are those people who are neither worth following entirely but also don’t deserve to face the wrath of a full unfriending/following. They’re kind of annoying but are more or less harmless during most of the year (talking ’bout you, family who takes month-long vacations and constantly posts about them but is pretty chill during the school year).
Thankfully, Facebook is testing out a snooze feature that allows users to temporarily mute friends, pages, and groups for a set amount of time, either 24 hours, seven days, or 30 days. Think of it as placing them in an extended time out: Once your pre-determined snooze time is up, the page or person’s content appears back in the News Feed as normal, without anyone having to know that a user took a short break from them.
“We’re testing new ways to give people control over their News Feeds so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant,” a spokesperson for Facebook told TechCrunch.
To access the new feature, click on the three dots to the right of the name of whatever you’re looking to unfollow, whether it’s a friend, page, or group. The dots usually bring up an “Unfollow” option, but now that’s also being paired with the “Snooze” feature. From there, simply pick the duration of your snooze. Facebook is still testing out the feature, so not everyone may have access to the snooze button just yet, and it’s unclear if the company is planning a full rollout. Here’s hoping they do, because some adults need a time out, too.