While the hide and/or report post options are focused on performing an action over a specific post, the new snooze option is focused on performing an action on the source of the posts, be it on a friend, page or group. Imagine having a friend whose vacation pictures are giving you serious FOMO, or you just need a break from your insane uncle's MAGA rants (you might be better off unfollowing him entirely, but the choice is now up to you).
The change comes as Facebook also questions social media's affect on people's lives.
The option to Snooze a friend will appear in the right-corner drop-down menu on their posts. The company is slowly adapting to its responsibility in all of this, and wants to help by allowing you to temporarily unfollow or mute people and pages. Just before the quiet period is set to expire, Facebook will send an alert so you can be prepared or renew the Snooze for an additional length of time.
Facebook is slowly rolling out the Snooze feature and it may take a few days for people to see it in their news feeds. "Or are they simply consuming trivial updates and polarizing memes at the expense of time with loved ones?"
Facebook recently pledged $1 million toward research "to better understand the relationship between media technologies, youth development and well-being". That meant when it came time for his wedding weekend, my Facebook feed was flooded with pictures of his rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception.
Exhausted of seeing posts by a friend on your news feed but don't want to outrightly use the unfriend button?
"At the end of the day, we're committed to bringing people together and supporting well-being through meaningful interactions on Facebook".