In collaboration with leading mental health experts and organisations, Facebook is developing new tools that help people manage their time on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook wants the time that people spend on its platforms to be “intentional, positive, and inspiring.” One way it sees it can help is to give users more control over the time they spend on them. This way, it hopes to also “foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them.”
In a recent blog post, Facebook has announced new tools that it developed in “collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, [its] own extensive research and feedback from [its] community.”
Users can access the new tools on the settings page on either the Facebook or Instagram app.
On Instagram the tool is called “Your Activity”; On Facebook, it’s “Your Time on Facebook.” At the top of the tool on each platform, users can see a dashboard that shows them their average time for that app on that device. Tapping any bar will give them an overview of the total time for that day.
Below the dashboard, users can set daily reminders to alert them when they’ve reached the amount of time they’ve allowed for a specific day. Reminders can be changed or cancelled at any time. Tapping on “Notification Settings” allows access to the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting which will limit Facebook or Instagram notifications for a specific period of time.
These are not the first such tools from Facebook. Over the past year, the company also introduced “a number of tools to help people better control their experience” on both platforms. News Feed quality has become better, showing “people the most relevant posts with features like See First, Hide, Unfollow, and Keyword Snooze.” On Instagram, it launched the “You’re All Caught Up” message, a keyword filtering feature, sensitivity screens, and offensive comment and bullying filters.
The new features will be rolling out soon on both Facebook and Instagram.
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