Exes can be nagging at times. But thanks to Facebook you will soon be able to ‘take a break’ from your ex on the platform after you have split up. Dubbed ‘Take A break’, the option will let users erase their ex and avoid being reminded of them post-dumping.
It is one of a range of new well-being tools allowing users to control what kind of information they are presented with, following an internal study by the company which has warned using the site could make some people miserable.
“Millions of people break up on Facebook each week, changing their relationship status from ‘in a relationship’ to ‘single’,” said Facebook.
“Research on peoples’ experiences after break-ups suggests that offline and online contact, including seeing an ex-partner’s activities, can make emotional recovery more difficult.”
There will also be a “snooze” option, allowing users to hide a person, page or group for 30 days without having to permanently unfollow or unfriend them.
The social media platform breaks the new feature down as:
- See less of someone: Limit where you see someone on Facebook. If you choose to see them less, their posts and posts they’re tagged in won’t appear in your News Feed and you won’t be prompted to message them or tag them in photos. To see their posts again, you can follow them.
- Limit someone’s ability to see your posts and posts you’re tagged in: Hide your posts from the person you want to take a break from. They’ll be added to your Restricted List and will only see posts you tag them in or share publicly.
- Edit who can see past posts: Limit who can see posts (example: photos, status updates, videos, etc.) you’re tagged in, or that you’ve tagged a person in by changing your privacy settings. The posts can only be seen by the people that are tagged in them. These posts won’t appear on your timeline anymore, but will still appear on other peoples timelines and search results unless the person who originally posted them removes them. You’ll also be removed as a contributor from any shared albums you have with the person you want to take a break from.