Self, Heartbreak

4 Ways Facebook Is Finally Making It Easier To Get Over Your Ex

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Relationships end sometimes whether you want them to or not. Unfriending, unfollowing, and untagging on Facebook can be exhausting, but seeing reminders of your ex post-breakup can be devastating.

Facebook is working on making new tools to help you survive social media after a breakup, or any time you just don't want to deal with someone anymore. Before you become insane with joy, the new features are only available in the US, and only on mobile. 

"Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners on Facebook after a relationship has ended," said product manager Kelly Winters. "When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try these tools."

Once again changing your status changes everything. Remember how you waited for him to change his status to "in a relationship"? Now it's your turn to take control of the situation, at least on Facebook. All you have to do is change your relationship status to show that you're no longer in a relationship. Then, Facebook will ask if you want to see less of someone, like their profile pictures, their comments, and even their name.

Here's some other features from these new tools:

  1. Facebook won't suggest their name when tagging photos. If they're not named, can you be sure they were really ever there? 
  2. No longer will you have to block, delete, unfriend or unfollow them. Though I have to admit, there's a great feeling of being in control when you block someone.
  3. Your ex will have very limited access to your profile. Take that! You're going to miss my hilarious political comments.
  4. You can untag yourself from your ex's gallery of photos. Bonus: not only can you untag yourself, you can limit who sees those posts.

If you don't have to see the ridiculously stupid comments from your ex or your ex's best friend (whom you friended out of a sense of loyalty), your Facebook experience is going to be a little easier and you're going to feel better much faster.

"This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives," says Winters. "We hope these tools will help people and relationships on Facebook with greater ease, comfort, and sense of control."