As promised, Facebook is bringing Screen Time-like tools to its mobile app and Instagram.
The updates are rolling out soon on the mobile Instagram and Facebook apps.
Your digital wellbeing matters
According to the company:
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.
Facebook added Wednesday that the new Screen Time-like features include:
- An activity dashboard
- A daily reminder
- A new way to limit notifications
Let’s take a quick look at each feature.
Users can access the new tools through the settings page on either app.
- Instagram: Tap “Your Activity”
- Facebook: Tap “Your Time on Facebook”
The activity dashboard at the top displays your average time for the app on a per-device basis.
You can tap any bar to see details, such as your total time for that day.
Set a daily reminder to be alerted when you’ve reached the amount of time you’d like to spend on the app for that day. The daily reminder is found right below the dashboard, as evidenced by the screenshots above—change or cancel it at any time.
Not being inundated with alerts you don’t care about is another effective way of improving one’s digital wellbeing. Tapping the Notification Settings link in the dashboard takes you to a new Mute Push Notifications setting in either app. This will limit your Facebook or Instagram notifications for a period of time (fifteen minutes to eight hours) when you need to focus.
“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,” said the social networking behemoth.
Apple’s Screen Time
In the meantime, Apple is working on its own set of digital wellbeing tools for iPhone and iPad customers, which include a brand-new feature in iOS 12, aptly dubbed Screen Time, which Apple designed to help keep your device time under control.
With Screen Time, iOS 12 customers are able to impose usage limits and downtime on a per-app basis, access detailed graphs and statistics like the number of daily iPhone pickups, which apps send you the most notifications and more.
Parents can manage their kids’ screen time and impose app limits on them remotely, which requires that the Family Sharing feature be set up on. The family organizer can even access detailed usage statistics for any member who has agreed to share their Screen Time stats.
What do you make of the new digital wellbeing tools on Instagram and Facebook?
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