Facebook is distracting. My Facebook news feed gives me update after update of people I kind-of sort-of know. My ex-girlfriend went to a club with her friends last week. A kid I tangentially know from high school with just got into a prestigious grad school. That girl I met while studying abroad is oversharing about her last breakup. It’s not that I don’t care about these people, maybe I do. It’s that getting sucked into these stories takes a lot of time and watching other peoples lives prevents me from living my own.
Facebook is great for messaging friends, keeping up with events, and storing photos. But I do not want to get sucked into the endless news feed and end up going through spring break photos of a group of friends that I don’t even know.
To resolve this problem, I made a Chrome extension that removes your news feed and replaces it with a nice nature photo and an inspirational quote. The picture and quote only change once a day to prevent you from refreshing the page just to see more quotes.
After installing this extension, my productivity has gone way up. In the past, I would open Facebook, see something that distracted me for twenty minutes and leave without accomplishing what I originally opened Facebook for. I am now able to log in to Facebook, finish what I need to do, and continue on with my life.
I got this idea from Neal Wu’s Chrome extension KillNewsFeed which replaces your photo with the quote “Don’t get distracted by Facebook.” I didn’t like being admonished so I decided to clean it up.
Here is a screenshot of the extension, Better News Feed:
Thanks to Ryan Lau for helping edit this post and to Unsplash for providing images for the extension.