If your Facebook account is a few years old, or even for just a few days old, you may have acquired many friends. Some of these Facebook friends you may not only no longer want to be friends with on Facebook, but want nothing to do with them altogether – or, at little as possible. One option to remove a former Facebook friend from your life as much as possible is to block your Facebook friend. A Facebook block prevents specific people from viewing your profile when they are logged in to Facebook. Additionally, any ties you currently have with the people you block will be broken (friendship connections, friend details, etc.). Your profile will not be visible to them and you will not appear in their search results or friend lists. Blocking is mutual, so they will also become invisible to you as well, which can be useful if you want to prevent yourself from searching for an ex-boyfriend on Facebook on a lonely Friday night.
To block someone on Facebook, login to Facebook and select your Account from the top right corner. From the dropdown menu, select Privacy Settings, and then under Block Lists, click “Edit your lists.” You can then enter the name or email address of the person you want to block in the appropriate field and click “Block.” don’t worry – the people you are blocking on Facebook will not be notified when you block them.
You should keep in mind though that blocking someone may not prevent all communications, such as interactions in third-party applications, and does not extend to elsewhere on the Internet (which can’t help you even if you do block that exboyfriend you were searching for on Facebook.) If you do choose to restore a connection to the person you blocked, simply removing the block will not restore your Facebook friendship. You will have send a new friend request if you wish to become Facebook friends with the person you previously blocked. While that kind of drama was fun in high-school, you may want to consider these repercussions before you block someone. Unless, of course, you are still in high-school, and then you should feel free to block your friends on Facebook as much as you would like. We know how it goes.