Saturday, August 25, 2018

Facebook and Instagram introduce time-limits to help you cut down on social media


Facebook and Instagram have introduced a number of tools to
help people manage their time on the platforms.
In a blog post published on
Wednesday (1 August), Facebook said that these would include
an activity dashboard, a daily reminder, and a new way to
limit notifications.
“We developed these tools based on collaboration and
inspiration from leading mental health experts and
organisations, academics, our own extensive research, and
feedback from our community,” it said.
“We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to
be intentional, 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.”
To access the tools:
  • Go to the settings page on either app.
  • On Instagram tap “Your Activity,” and on Facebook, tap
    “Your Time on Facebook.”
  • At the top, you’ll see a dashboard showing your average
    time for that app on that device. Tap any bar to see your
    total time for that day.
  • Below the dashboard, you can set a daily reminder to give
    yourself an alert when you’ve reached the amount of time you
    want to spend on that app for that day. You can change or
    cancel the reminder at any time.
  • You can also tap on “Notification Settings” to quickly
    access the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting. This will
    limit your Facebook or Instagram notifications for a period
    of time when you need to focus.
“We have a responsibility to help people understand how much
time they spend on our platforms so they can better manage
their experience,” Facebook said.

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