Facebook is Testing a Weird Way to Make Break-Ups Easier

By Adam Clark Estes on at

If anyone from The Carpenters to Neil Sedaka has taught us anything, it's that Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. There’s no way around it. But now, somewhat perplexingly, Facebook wants to make it easier by offering a tool that will block your ex’s name or photo from showing up on your feed.

Pro tip: You can also just unfriend them. That’s what all my exes have done to me, and it works pretty well!

That said, Facebook is offering a little bit more flexibility with its break-up helper-tool. If you decide you don’t want to unfriend or block your former lover entirely, the “Take a Break” tool lets you “See Less of [Insert Ex’s Name Here]”. So when you change your relationship status to 'single', Facebook will redact posts containing your ex’s name.

Facebook Is Testing a Weird Way to Make Break-Ups Easier

From there, you can also choose to prevent your ex from seeing your posts. And finally, you can review past posts with that person and untag yourself. Your ex won’t be notified of these changes.

Facebook Is Testing a Weird Way to Make Break-Ups Easier

I repeat: you can also just unfriend or block them. When my first serious girlfriend unfriended me, I didn’t even notice. (I’m also not much of a Facebook stalker.) When another serious girlfriend unfriended me, she emailed me to tell me so. (I thought that was kind of a weird strategy, but whatever.) Blocking is the nuclear option, of course. But hey, all’s fair in love and war, right?

The new “Take a Break” tool is being tested with a small batch of users starting this week. Does this mark yet another assertive step in Facebook’s quest to manipulate your thoughts, feelings, and social interactions? Well, some of these tools, Facebook]

Image via Shutterstock / Facebook.