Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook and Instagram put a bandaid on social media addiction

Facebook and Instagram put a bandaid on social media addiction

A hot potato: With social media usage at an all-time high, tools to help people manage time spent on such platforms arguably can't arrive soon enough.

Once there, you can see how long you've spent on the app over the last week, and how much time you spend using it each day on average. You can also set a daily reminder which notifies you when you have reached the amount of time you have spent on the app on that day.

If you are like the people that keep opening the app after every single notification and you realize how wrong that is, now theres the option to select if Facebook and Instagram should push notifications. Our hope is that these tools give people more control over the time they spend on our platforms.

You probably don't need your phone or the apps on it how much time you waste looking at the screen, but the ability to monitor usage time is a hot new smartphone feature this year.

Facebook said it developed these new tools in collaboration with mental health experts and academics using feedback from the community. Gather up your courage and head over to the settings page on the Facebook or Instagram app; on Instagram, tap "Your Activity" and on Facebook tap "Your Time on Facebook". "It strikes me as a way to balance their corporate interest of keeping people spending as much time as possible on Facebook, while still being responsive to people who find the continual notifications to be disturbing or distracting".

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Facebook has announced new tools to help users manage their time on its platform and on Instagram: an activity dashboard, a daily reminder, and a new way to limit notifications.

According to Ginsberg, the features build on the changes Facebook made to the News Feed in January.

"It's not just about the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram but how they spend that time". On Facebook, users can choose "Your Time on Facebook" within the settings menu.

The features will only be available on the mobile app, although Ranadive said that they may consider releasing the features for other devices in the future.

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