Facebook and Instagram are implementing a time limit feature
Take a time-out from Facebook and Instagram.
Addiction: the fact or condition of being addicted (dependent, craving, habit, compulsion, weakness, enslavement) to a particular substance or activity
Most people are addicted to cell phones and social media, spending massive chunks of their day scrolling, commenting, liking and posting. Mother of social media, FB, reported having 2.23 billion active users in 2018 (and the year’s not over.)
The implications have been a topic of conversation oscillating between negative and positive; are we creating zombies or is this progress?
Now, the social media giant along with its companion, Instagram, is implementing a time limit feature to help users monitor how much time they spend on the platform(s) in order to limit daily usage and mute notifications for a selected period of time.
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The announcement was revealed in a blog post, with Facebook’s David Ginsberg and Instagram’s Ameet Ranadive saying:
“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.
“We want the time people spend on FB 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.”
You can access the feature by going to the settings page on either app. On Insta, tap “Your Activity”, and on FB, tap “Your Time on Facebook”.
Limit your time on Facebook and Instagram, maybe go play outside!