Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Facebook, Instagram add tools to limit time spent on the apps

Facebook, Instagram add tools to limit time spent on the apps

Similar to what we've seen from Google and Apple over the last couple months, Facebook just announced new tools coming to the Facebook and Instagram apps that are created to help you use them less.

Facebook (fb) is planning a new feature, called "Your Time on Facebook", which will let you know just how much time you spend liking posts, watching videos, and debating politics on the platform.

In January, Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, declared that "making sure time spent on Facebook is time well spent" was one of the key problems facing the site, alongside "protecting our community from abuse and hate" and "defending against interference by nation states". Tap any bar to see your total time for that day. If you want to limit your time spent in the app, you can opt to set reminders, which alert you when you are close to a pre-set time limit, or you can mute all incoming notifications for up to eight hours at a time.

Instagram's new features for managing time spent in the app.

"We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring".

Social networking giant Facebook, which owns Instagram, unveiled new additions Wednesday aimed at letting people better manage their time on the apps. If someone really is struggling with social media addiction, they'll likely have a hard time following any self-imposed time limits. You'll also be able to mute push notifications for anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours at a time. The company, though, hopes this could be a way to hang on to users who might otherwise terminate their accounts on fears they're spending too much time scrolling through feeds. Facebook says it's worked with researchers who study social media and its impact on wellbeing, but the company has yet to cite any specific research that suggests having access to this type of information leads to any behavioral changes. The feature is slowly being added to most user's options, with a full rollout expected over the next couple of weeks.

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