Why I Deleted My Facebook Newsfeed

why i deleted my facebook newsfeed

I found myself, as I’m sure many of you have, sitting at my desk one day, just aimlessly scrolling my Facebook Newsfeed. It was like I was in a trance. I had forgotten where I was, what I was doing and didn’t recognize anything in my feed. No one looks the same anymore, people’s last names have changed (I find this very annoying but that’s for another post) or they were people I met once or twice in college.

What the fuck was I doing again? Oh yeah, coming on here to check MY BLOG PAGE. Not scroll a stupid feed of garbage.

That’s usually how the conversation always went every time I hopped onto Facebook to check out something for the My Style Vita Facebook page.

So I decided to do something drastic and I am SO glad I did. I deleted my entire Newsfeed. Now you’re probably wondering, Jessica, why didn’t you just deactivate your Facebook? Trust me, I wish I could. But because My Style Vita is on Facebook and has 7k+ page likes, this wasn’t an option. I actually at one point started a NEW Facebook so I’d have NO friends and just use it for the blog. Didn’t work out well. Everyone I knew somehow still found me and the friend requests started to pour right in. Which also made me annoyed, don’t these people know we’re already friends?

Why I Was So Frustrated With Facebook

I’ve always been very anti-Facebook. I’m 32, so Facebook came out when I was a Senior in high school. I remember my friend coming back from college break and told us all about this Facebook thing. I couldn’t wait to get to college to use my new school email address to sign up. That was the ONLY way to get on Facebook back then. And if you don’t remember a time that only a college email worked, then I just feel old. When we used it, it was a way to connect with fellow students who you met, join groups, and stay in touch with friends who went away to college.

Fast forward to 2019 and this platform is just full of ads, parents posting dumb shit, friends sharing their pregnancy and new house announcements and then spamming all the terrible pics. Then came the 2017 election and I was beyond disgusted with humans. Don’t even get me started. I hated the number of clickbait articles that were posted where no one cared to READ the article they were in fact sharing. I was annoyed with the immense amount of hatred for one side or the other. Especially hating an entire political group. It just seemed like a place to spew hate, random facts and articles and just complain. I was over it.

What I Did To Clear Out My Facebook Newsfeed

Since I was getting frustrated with my feed, I started to unfollow the super annoying people. They clearly DON’T know who they are. While I started to unfollow people, but remain friends with them, I wondered how I could just unfollow ALL of them. Sure I wanted to still stay in touch if they were actual friends. As in be reminded of birthdays, search their profile to see what’s new, and so on. But I no longer wanted a damn Newsfeed. I didn’t need it. It was wasting my time without me even realizing it. How could I unfollow everyone?

It’s 100% possible. And let me tell you, game-changing.

How To Unfollow People On Facebook

You do not have to go to every friend and click “unfollow”. All you have to do is head to the settings area in the top right corner and head to your News Feed Preferences.

Step One

Log into your Facebook account and head to the top right corner where your settings are. Click News Feed Preferences.

Step Two

Select “Unfollow People Or Groups”

how to unfollow people or groups on facebook

Step Three

Select the people you want to unfollow. This does take some time, but it is MUCH faster than going through each profile. You just bulk select and click done. Voila, no more posts in your Facebook Newsfeed.

The reason why I do think it may be nice to keep Facebook but not your newsfeed is if friends still use this platform to invite you to events. Or if there’s a particular brand you may want to follow for deals, or groups. Personally I still see my TRIM Bootcamp posts in my news feed, but that’s IT.

The Benefit Of Not Having A Facebook News Feed

The number one benefit I instantly saw was a boost in productivity. Since I check my blog Facebook often, I wasn’t falling victim to the Newsfeed I was forced to see before heading to my business page. I found myself no longer aimlessly scrolling and getting lost in the mix of posts, articles, baby photos and the like.

I also feel less stressed. Just like I unfollowed accounts that do NOT bring me joy on Instagram, I felt the same way about Facebook. There was a lot of “I’m not where I need to be in life because everyone is buying a house and getting married”. Something I’ve been struggling with in terms of comparison the older I get. It helped my sanity. My comparison to others. Which is crucial to mental health.

It’s also allowed me to actually catch up with friends in person. Something I’ve found interesting from being a blogger is that everyone kind of knows what I’m up to. Since I share so much, they know where I’ve been or any crazy projects I’m working on. So there’s no need to really “catch up”. The same goes for non-bloggers though. If you’re posting about every detail of your life on the internet, what’s there to catch up on in person? It also makes you feel like you’re communicating with someone since you know what’s going on with them. By leaving a few things to yourself and not sharing it all over the internet, it gives you something to chat about when you see your friends in person. Or oh I dunno, call them on the phone! What a concept.

Either way, you look at it, whether you want it for your sanity, for your productivity or just to stop wasting time, I’m so glad I no longer have a Facebook Newsfeed.

Would you ever try it?


Photo by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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20 Comments

  1. 9.24.19

    I agree that the only reason I still have my FB page is for birthday’s and PLIG’s brand page. I don’t find myself roaming it as much as you did so it doesn’t bug me as much, but I totally get the annoyance.

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
    https://poorlittleitgirl.com

    • 9.24.19
      Jessica said:

      I would just get sucked in! I wouldn’t even be doing it on purpose! I clearly am easily distracted. The second Facebook goes downhill for MSV, I’m deleting the whole thing. Absolutely useless to me.

  2. 9.24.19
    Jennifer said:

    So I just found out we’re exactly the same age! And I am also annoyed by what FB has become, but I can’t kill it because it’s what all my friends use for events and my Aunts & Uncles like to see what my husband and I are up to lol. But the feed is overwhelming and I am going to go fix that RIGHT NOW! I had no idea you could do it in bulk, so thank you for sharing!

    • 9.24.19
      Jessica said:

      Yes it’s so easy! It still takes a little time, but it’s much faster than manually going to each account or always removing from your newsfeed. Let me know how it goes!

  3. 9.24.19
    Rachel said:

    I recently did this, too, and it was a game changer! I was never a huge Facebook fan but you bet every time I was trying to avoid working, I would hop on FB and scroll through for hours.

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    • 9.24.19
      Jessica said:

      Exactly! I also do this with Instagram so there’s a part of me that thinks it may be time to unfollow all of the things on Instagram…..

  4. 9.24.19
    Lauren said:

    omg doing this TODAY!

    Lauren Elyce

  5. 9.24.19
    Mari said:

    I am logged out of Facebook though I still have an account. I never spent much time on social media but found myself reaching for it when I am bored and also aimlessly scrolling. It messes with my mental health as well, and it has been so freeing to be off.

    • 9.24.19
      Jessica said:

      it really is great for your mental health to not be on it, I wish we weren’t all so obsessed with it!

  6. 9.24.19
    Karly said:

    Well, you already know I 100% back you on this. It’s probably the best decision I’ve made yet this year, particularly for my sanity/mental health. It’s just so freeing not having to see everyone else plaster their lives everywhere and in turn making me feel like I need to compare. Plus, my productivity has skyrocketed since making this change!

    Just sayin’,
    Karly
    https://www.whatkarlysaid.com

    • 9.24.19
      Jessica said:

      I couldn’t agree more! Loved that you did a post on it too!

  7. 9.24.19
    Lisa said:

    Total game changer – I stumbled upon this hack a couple weeks ago and cleared out everyone but my kids class page. FOMO way down and I am still getting alerts when someone posts in my important groups or sends me an invite. Social media scrolling time WAY DOWN

    Five Stars!!!!

    • 9.24.19
      Jessica said:

      Yes I love to hear this! It’s just made life better, period!

  8. 9.25.19
    Julie said:

    Did not know this was possible!! Thank you! I only keep Facebook because I manage some pages for work. Trying this ASAP, thank you!

  9. 9.27.19
    Laura Leigh said:

    I am into this! VERY into this. Will be doing this today!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  10. 10.2.19
    Maureen said:

    I agree with you. I deactivated my FB page a year after signing up. I tried creating a business page where I would not be connected to this personal page because of my blog. But it somehow found me through an old email address and I was still getting friend requests from people that are already on my personal page. So just a week ago I created a new email address so that it will just create a business page without FB connecting the dots that I have an old FB account. I will let you know how this goes!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  11. 12.1.19
    Haera said:

    This is so very true! I’m trying to use E blogger to minimize the use of Instagram. Like you have mentioned, who knows what posts are real or worth being sucked into? There are tons of worthy and well-written blogs out for me to read.