The people behind Facebook thought it was time to deal with how relationships ended on the platform. Now you will be able to part with someone in a more accessible manner on Facebook and it seems that this “interaction” is a little more human than it was before. Frankly, it is interesting to think about how Facebook perceives the world: thousands of new births, friendships and joyful events on a daily basis, but also thousands of break-ups that it might not understand at all.
In short, Facebook is trying to give you all the power you need when it comes to break-up experiences. For example, you can choose whether you want to see pictures of that person anymore, where you want to see them or if you do not want to see them at all. The company declared that these features, along with many others included, will be launched on the social media platform for additional testing.
Facebook has decided to name these features as a “breakup flow”. The flow will proceed to ask you specific questions about your needs regarding the person you just parted with. The questions are somewhat personal, but they are very well organized and tap into some sort of “taboo” issues that are often left unaddressed by the couple or, if addressed, they are painful to go through.
Maybe you would like to untag all the pictures that featured you or that person? Or perhaps you would like Facebook to remind you less of tagging them if you should ever appear in the same place at the same time. The ultimate question is whether you would like to see this person ever again and this pretty much defines what type of break-up you are going through.
Come to think of it, each of these questions sort of define the type of people you and your ex are. Untagging all photos and choosing not to see the ex ever again point to a possible brutal relationship with a disastrous ending, while keeping pictures tagged and deciding to still see them online might indicate that they were very open minded people who just understood that they were not meant for each other, or that the relationship might heal in time.
But these are all assumptions and one should not judge them strictly. What is important is that you can part with someone in a more accessible manner on Facebook and it is important that developers chose to think about this aspect.
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