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Keep Facebook Decluttered - Screen Time Rule #3

The average person has 153 Facebook friends.  I actually pulled that number out of thin air.  I am writing this down in a notebook since it is (was) Screen Free Week, and couldn't look up the number.

Whatever the number is* I am sure it is way higher than the number of real life friends you have.  I am also pretty sure that it is higher than the number of  people you really care to get constant updates from.

Here are some things I am going to do to help streamline my Facebook feed and give me less to look at everyday.

  • Stop following things I don't care about.  Yes, I like to drink Dr. Pepper, but that doesn't mean I need to "like" Dr. Pepper.  Same goes for TV shows.  I don't need to be able to share my opinion about the last episode of "The Last Man on Earth" (I thought it was awesome), and I don't need to know what other viewers thought.
  • "Unfollow" the groups that I belong to.  I don't know about you, but seeing everything that is for sale in my town is a bit time consuming, and fairly boring.  If I want to shop, I can go to the group page. Other pages are more "advice-y" and REALLY end up being time-sucks.  I am not going to leave the group because sometimes I get good advice, but I am going to unfollow it, so I don't feel compelled to help everyone with every problem they come up with.
  • Unfriend anyone that I wouldn't be happy to run into in the grocery store.  If they are family, just unfollow them so as not to cause any hurt feelings.
  • Stop liking stuff!  When you like a public picture it often ends up in your friends' newsfeeds.  So unless you WANT your friends to see it, just like it in your head, and resist the urge to confirm it with a click.
How do you keep your Facebook feed in check?

Check out all my Rules for Responsible Screen Time here.

*The actual number is 350, with the 18-24 demographic having about 659!


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