I have already admitted to my love/hate relationship with Facebook and decision to use it less.
Taking a break from Facebook is great in the short term, but long term, it just doesn’t work well for me.
Facebook has become a common way to communicate, right along with phone, email and text. When we are part of a group or don’t have someone’s mobile number, we message them on Facebook.
So if we know we need to check Facebook regularly, is there a way to make it more enjoyable?
It’s worth a try, right?
Check out these 6 ways to make Facebook fun again.
- Clean up your friend list.
I am betting you have some “friends” you really aren’t friends with. Unfriend the people you don’t know and unfollow the ones you know but don’t want speaking into your life on a regular basis. Remember, you can unfollow someone without them ever knowing it.
- Create a friend list.
Let’s say that the average person on Facebook posts mainly about their kids, vacations and hobbies. Now, which of your friends do you want to know about in that level of detail? Those are the friends you should add to a friends list. Then you can create a bookmark on your browser so you view that list only. (Just as a note, you can only create a friend list on the desktop version of Facebook.)
- Spend more time reading your pages feed than your news feed.
Focusing on your page feed means you’ll know what your favorite stores, restaurants and thought leaders are up to. And you’ll know less about what your cousin thinks about politics.
- Use notifications carefully.
If there are groups or friends you absolutely do not want to miss a post from, turn on notifications for that person. Then you can check Facebook and read all the must-know info in 10 minutes or less.
- Think before you like or comment on a post.
Facebook is pretty smart. If you like or comment on someone’s post, they will show you more posts from that person. So, if you are liking posts only because you think you should or feel obligated too, you are hurting yourself.
- Use Facebook to post positive things and encourage others.
Remember that Gandhi quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Apply that philosophy to Facebook by posting uplifting or funny things that will make your friends’ days better. Facebook is also a great tool for encouraging others. Leave a note on a friend’s wall or send them a message if you know they’ve been going through a hard time or if you are just thinking about them.
Here’s my challenge to you. Pick one or two of these suggestions to do in the next week and see what happens.
We can make Facebook great again if we shift our perspective.