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Sunday, September 24, 2017

It’s Time to Delete the Facebook News Feed

It’s time to get rid of your News Feed. Facebook is a sum of many parts, including Messenger, Events, Games, and a whole lot more. The News Feed is more a distraction than anything else. Here’s how (and why) you can delete it.

Why You Should Kill Your News Feed

When it first started, the News Feed was actually pretty nice. You got to know what your close friends or family was up to, since you don’t actually call each other every day. And you followed your favorite bands or news organizations to get updates.
But over time, the News Feed has grown into an untamed beast, giving you more information than you know what to do with. At some point, you friended the neighbor of someone you went to nursery school with, and now you keep looking at his numerous check-ins.
As for news, we all know about the scourge of fake news now. Despite Facebook’s best efforts to fight it, it’s a growing problem with no real end in sight.
And then there are Facebook’s “suggestions” littered throughout your feed. Back when you liked a page for your friend’s new pet store, you never thought Facebook would take that as an invitation to inundate you with cat videos.
But most importantly, scientists keep saying the same thing in one study after another: Facebook makes you sad. You need to monitor how you consume content from the News Feed.
All put together, do yourself a favor and delete your Facebook News Feed. You’ll be better off without it.

How to Delete the Facebook News Feed

There are a few basic elements of the Facebook News Feed, and all you need to do is get rid of them.

  1. Unfollow all your friends, pages, and groups. (Unfollow is not the same as unfriending. You remain friends with everyone, you just don’t see any of their posts in the news feed.)
  2. Remove or hide all Suggested Posts, Suggested Pages, and “a video you may like” suggestions.
  3. Go nuclear and hide the News Feed.

    On the desktop, there are extensions to get this done. Unfortunately, it’s much harder on smartphones. So here are the best ways you can currently kill your Facebook News Feed.

    How to Unfollow All Friends, Pages, and Groups

    Get the Google Chrome browser if you don’t already have it. The easiest way to unfollow all your friends in a single click is through the Chrome extension Nudge.
    Once you download and install the extension, go to or refresh its tab. After a few seconds, you will see a banner at the bottom to Unfollow everything like this:
    Click the banner, and the follow-up confirmation banner to unfollow all friends, groups, and pages. Nudge will start its work, and you’ll see the banner unfollowing one friend after another, like this:

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