Facebook friends annoying you? Here's how to 'take a break' from their posts

Posted at 1:05 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 11:40:06-04

During the last presidential election, it was bad. The floodgates opened and vitriol poured out in your News Feed. Perhaps you already hit the unfriend button on some of your Facebook contacts. 

Over the weekend, the war of words heated up with the battle between President Trump and the NFL.  

Indulging in the debates exacerbates the problem, you know that. Maybe it's the liberal aunt or conservative cousin. Maybe it's your out-there neighbor. You don't want to unfriend or block them because that would be awkward at the next family reunion/Thanksgiving dinner/chance meeting at the grocery store. But frankly, you're fed up with what they have to say.  

You can 'take a break'.

Take a Break is an option on Facebook that will limit what you see from that person. You'll have to go to their page see what they post, it won't just pop up anymore.

How do you do it?

If you're on a handheld device, go to that person's page and tap Friends.  A drop-down menu should appear with these options:  Unfriend, Take a Break, Unfollow and Edit Friend Lists.

If you're on a desktop computer, click here and type in the person's name. You'll then have several options including eliminating posts from your News Feed. 

The person doesn't know you're taking a break from them. If you decide later you want to end the break, you can go back in the same way and change your settings.  

In the end, you keep your Facebook friendship, and perhaps, your sanity.