Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Instagram will tell you when you're spending too much time on Instagram

Instagram will tell you when you're spending too much time on Instagram

The new tool was discovered during an APK teardown, and shows the user the time spent on the app, though there aren't enough details to know the scope of the data provided.

Systrom confirmed the feature after a developer named Jane Manchun Wong dug into the computer code of Instagram's mobile app and noticed an upcoming "Usage Insights" section under testing.

Now, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has taken to Twitter to confirm that the Usage Insights feature is indeed real and that it will be coming to all users at some point in the future.

Systrom did not specify if the feature will show the total time someone spends on the app, or whether these figures will be broken down further by day, week, or month. He said that any time that users spend on Instagram should be "positive and intentional".

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The feature comes as parent company Facebook has also been talking up the need to promote quality content that doesn't waste people's time. He also says tech companies need to be honest with users about the time they're spending online.

We don't want to know FFS.

. This is similar to the Facebook Reactions that were rolled out back in February 2016.

Last week at Google I/O, the company unveiled a Digital Wellbeing platform for Android P. This will make it easier for Android device owners to limit their smartphone usage, by setting restrictions.

It remains to be seen when Instagram will officially roll out the new tool to users in general.

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