Opt out of: Advertisers tracking you online
If you have the strange sensation that you’re being followed online, you’re not crazy. You are. Companies leave “cookies” on your web browser and collect data about you in order to sell you goods via customized ads. You can put a dent in those ads by going to the site of the Network Advertising Initiative, where you can opt out of those pesky advertisers. But note, it doesn’t mean you won’t continue to receive ads. You just won’t get ads from NAI members.
Opt out of a: Social commitment
The simplest way: Don’t make the plan in the first place. “Stop making plans with people you don’t want to hang out with,” says lifehacker.com. If you have to show up to an event, “Set yourself a time limit.” But know this: If you do have to break a commitment, apologize, apologize, apologize. “Even if they know you’re lying, they’ll at least see that you cared enough to apologize to them. The words ‘I’m sorry’ can go a long way.” But these are 28 things you really need to stop apologizing for.
Opt out of a: Group text
Are you held captive by the constant pinging of the group-text monster? Here’s how to slay it once and for all. If you have an iPhone, says vox.com, go to the group thread, click “details” and either hit “leave this conversation” or just “do not disturb.” The latter will keep you in the thread, but you’ll stop getting notified every time someone texts. If you’re an Android user, download an app called GroupXit that will silence certain message threads. If you’re in a group chat you don’t mind being in, make sure you’re following these group texting etiquette rules.