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New tools to manage your time on Facebook and Instagram

Want to know about Facebook’s and Instagram’s newest feature? – Facebook and Instagram are introducing a new dashboard to tell you how long you’ve spent inside their app, along with tools for setting daily limits and temporarily muting your push notifications. Now you will be able to manage your time on Facebook and Instagram.

On Facebook, you can control those tools in a new section of the settings called “Your Time on Facebook”.  And on Instagram, they will be in the settings under “Your Activity.”

new tools to manage your time

The dashboard shows you a bar chart of the time you have spent in each app over the past seven days. From there, you can also choose how much time you wish to spend on the Instagram and Facebook. Once you have reached that time, the app will send you a reminder that you have hit your daily limit. Though you can continue to browse if you wish to. With this new feature, you will be able to manage your time on Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook’s David Ginsberg and Instagram’s Ameet Ranadive said in the blog post

“We developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, our own extensive research and feedback from our community.”

“We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be international, positive and inspiring. Our hope is that these tools give people more control over the time they spend on our platforms and also foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them.”

According to one survey, people check their phones an average of 47 times a day. Therefore, Facebook introduced this feature. Moreover, Facebook was also facing competitive pressure to move quickly as Google and Apple have announced similar features, built into the future versions of their iOS and Android operating systems. Google and Apple already have “time well spent” features allowing parents to limit their children’s screen time.

Earlier Mark Zuckerberg said that – “In 2018, we’re focused on making sure Facebook isn’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being and for society.”

Facebook makes money from marketers that use people’s personal data to aim specific ads at them. But now encouraging folks to spend time off the app could mean that business will take the hint. Moreover, the company has been feeling the burn in the case of finances as it missed Wall Street’s sales and user growth estimates for the first time in years.

Ranadive also said that –

“There may be some trade-off with other metrics of the company. That’s a trade-off that we’re willing to live with. In the long run, this is something that’s important for the community, and something we want to invest in.”

Social networking isn’t bad but there are behaviors that hurt. Most of us are not going to give up on Facebook and Instagram easily. Though we can hope that with this new feature Facebook could get us to shift our time in the right direction. Although, Facebook and Instagram still have a lot more to do before they are viewed with the same overwhelming positivity that they experienced just a few years ago. The new updates are rolling out soon on Facebook as well as Instagram.


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