You love connecting with your family and friends on Facebook. You got hooked to its features, from photo sharing to messaging and even gaming. I joined the Facebook tribe in 2009 because my brother asked me to play with him on Farmville. That game was addicting and it lured me to the biggest social network. What made you sign up on Facebook?
Years have passed since you signed up. You now have a lot of important things to do with your time. It’s either you only play Facebook games casually on your free time or you never play at all anymore. You’ve been living your life outside social media. However, you still keep your tabs on Facebook because it enables you to stay in touch with your loved ones, colleagues, acquaintances and frenemies (LOL!) despite your hectic schedule.
Facebook Notifications and You
You are busy now but you still log in to your Facebook account regularly to know what’s happening around you, whether it be news, gossip, or selfies. You read articles shared by Facebook pages you follow, and you check what’s going on with the lives of your peers. Usage of social networking sites has been a part of your socialization methods.
You check your notifications to see who reached out to you (comments, likes, tags) but then you feel disappointed because most of it were just game requests. You ignored those because you don’t have the time to play anymore.
You went on with your life. Moments later, your notifications icon light up again. You felt your heart jump as time stood still. You thought it was important so you opened it. Much to your dismay, it’s just another game request. It has become one of your pet peeves now.
You thought, “Don’t these people have important things to do? All they do is play on Facebook.”
Then it occurs more often. You are continuously bombarded with game invitations. You’ve lost your patience this time. You resort to making a bold statement against those annoying game requests through your status update, informing your friends about your hatred for it, but it isn’t effective. People still sent you game requests. You are mad now.
Out of desperation, you unfriended those gamers. Worse, you blocked some of them. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. You’re not alone in this struggle. The problem with unfriending or blocking gamers, some of them are important contacts and you can’t shut them out for the rest of your life. Time will come wherein you will have to add them back. Sadly, they haven’t changed. They still played Facebook games and sent you invites. You are frustrated now.
Gain control of your notifications. Block those applications.
You pull your hair out of frustration and there goes the dilemma again. What am I going to do?
Hold your horses. Before you hit the unfriend or block button, relax. There is a better way, something not rude and asocial.
Here’s a guide on how to block Facebook applications to stop receiving game notifications.
There are 2 methods.
1. Go to your notifications icon.
2. Find those game invitations.
3. Position the arrowhead of your mouse over the X icon beside the app’s image. Click the X.
4. You will then be asked to turn off notifications from that game. Click “Turn Off”
You will no longer get notifications from that game.
1. Go to your Settings Menu.
2. Click the category “Blocking” found at the left side panel to manage blocking.
3. Scroll down to find the field dedicated for “Block apps”.
4. Type in the name of those applications you’d like to block.
Viola! You won’t receive game requests from those applications anymore. What a relief!
For those who like moving visuals, here’s a demo for the 2nd method by CNET. You may have to skip to 1:00.
What Facebook games are you usually receiving invites from?