Facebook Adds Snooze Button - Do You Need It?

Mark Zuckerberg

If you're familiar with the current Unfollow / Hide tool that let you permanently remove a user or page's updates from your feed without unfriending them, you'll find that this new Snooze feature is somewhat similar.

If you're sick of seeing pictures of your friend's new baby or kitten, but don't want to unfriend them, Facebook may have a solution. You can also reverse it anytime.

You have a connection with hundreds of people on Facebook but honestly can't stand to associate with majority. "It turns out, you're not alone", Facebook said in a post. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth. 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. And Palihapitiya walked back his comments today, at least with regard to Facebook.

Facebook's own research team found some pros and cons of using its social media platform.

In their blog post, Facebook cites research that suggests "offline and online contact, including seeing an ex-partner's activities, can make emotional recovery more hard". "Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse". One of them stated that social media ruins our society. Facebook cites studies from the University of Michigan, UC San Diego and Yale that says passively consuming content on the site without interacting with people could have a negative effect on your mood.

Sometimes there are people on your Facebook feed you just don't want to see for a while. "Another theory is that the internet takes people away from social engagement in person". The good thing is that the people you muted will not know that you "snoozed" them.

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