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Facebook is launching new tools to help you manage your time on Facebook and Instagram. The idea is to inform users how much time they’re spending on Facebook and Instagram, and give them the tools they need to make social media great again.
Do You Use Facebook and Instagram to Excess?
While many of us only check social networks occasionally, some people are hooked on them. Facebook has decided to do something to help those individuals, and, as detailed in this Facebook Newsroom post, it’s introducing tools to help you manage your time.
Both apps are getting an activity dashboard, a daily reminder to stop using the app after a set amount of time, and a new way of limiting notifications. All of these tools are entirely optional, and purely designed to help those people who feel they need them.
Announcement alert: we’re going to start rolling out new tools to help people manage the time they spend on FB and IG ? https://t.co/RAeUNSgiCF
— Facebook (@facebook) August 1, 2018
To access the Facebook activity dashboard, click Settings, and then tap “Your Time on Facebook”. To access the Instagram activity dashboard, click Settings, and then tap “Your Activity”. You’ll then see a dashboard showing you how long you spend using the app.
From here, you can set a daily reminder which will trigger an alert when you’ve been using the app for an amount of time of your choosing. By tapping Notification Settings, you can also “Mute Push Notifications” for any length of time between 15 minutes and 8 hours.
Don’t Quit, Just Manage Your Time Better
While this may look like an altruistic move, the truth is a little more complicated than that. People are waking up to the fact that social media can have a negative impact on their lives, and some are choosing to quit Facebook altogether as a result.
By offering up tools that allow users to manage their time on social networks, Facebook must be hoping to dissuade people from quitting altogether. And it might just work. After all, getting an addiction under control, is surely preferable to going cold turkey.