Facebook, one of the world’s most popular social media platforms, is known for its intuitive design and personalized user experience. One of its features is the “friend suggestions” tool, which recommends potential friends based on mutual friends, interests, and other factors. While this feature is incredibly useful for some, others may find it annoying or intrusive. If you are amongst the latter, this blog post is for you. We’ll walk you through the steps to stop Facebook friend suggestions.
Step 1: Accessing Your Facebook Settings
The first step in disabling friend suggestions is to navigate to your Facebook settings. To do so, click on the downward arrow in the top right-hand corner of your Facebook homepage, then select ‘Settings & Privacy’ from the dropdown menu, followed by ‘Settings’.
Step 2: Navigate To The Facebook Ad Preferences
Once in the settings menu, you will see a list of options on the left-hand side. Select ‘Ads’ from this list to access your Facebook Ad Preferences.
Step 3: Adjusting Ad Settings
In the ‘Ad Settings’ tab, look for the option that says ‘Ads that include your social actions’. Click on this and select ‘No One’. While this will not stop friend suggestions altogether, it will limit the number of suggestions based on your activity.
Another important setting within this section is ‘Ads with your social actions’. Here, you should also select ‘No One’. This will prevent your activity from influencing friend suggestions for others.
Step 4: Limit Who Can Find You
The next step is to limit who can find you on Facebook. To do this, go back to the main settings menu and select ‘Privacy’ this time. Here, you will find a section labelled ‘How People Find and Contact You’. Adjust the settings to suit your preferences. For example, you can choose to only allow friends of friends to send you friend requests, which should help to reduce the number of friend suggestions.
While there is no way to completely stop Facebook friend suggestions, these steps can significantly reduce their frequency. Remember, personalizing your social media experience is all about setting boundaries that suit your comfort level. It’s your online space, make it work for you!