There's no sugarcoating it, guys, breakups F'in suck. Whether you're getting dumped or doing the dumping, it's an uncomfortable, often heart-shattering experience that we wouldn't wish upon our worst enemy. That being said — and this isn't going to make you feel better — breakups are way worse nowadays than they've ever been. Why, you ask? Technology, that's why! Back in the day, you could break up with someone and never have to see them again. No, seriously, it was that simple. Done, poof, goodbye forever! Now? Ha! You break up with someone only to find them splattered across every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and, hell, even freakin' LinkedIn.
Sure, you could unfriend, block, or delete but that seems ridiculous, right? Well, not really, but every 20-something from here to Istanbul will tell you otherwise. You don't want to appear weak. It's insane, we know, but that's 2017. Fortunately, Facebook might just be the Knight in Shining Armor we've all been searching for — or, erm, maybe something that makes us sound less feminine.
According to Sky News Facebook is an introducing a new "Take a Break" feature that will allow users to control what information they're presented with. Facebook explains:
"Millions of people break up on Facebook each week, changing their relationship status from 'in a relationship' to 'single'. 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."
D'aw, that's actually really sweet of Facebook to give a crap about their user experience. Maybe Mark Zuckerberg is a softy after all? The "Take a Break" feature includes control over when they see certain people on the site, what those people can see, and who can view their past posts. Additionally Facebook will be adding a snooze button allowing users to hide a person, page or group for 30 days without having to permanently unfollow or unfriend them. Sounds pretty good, guys. You can kiss those ex-girlfriend Facebook woes goodbye (since, you know, you're not kissing anyone else).
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