Instagram’s new activity dashboard is now live. This is designed to help you track how much time you’re wasting on Instagram, and change your habits accordingly. That is if you feel that spending hours browsing Instagram is a problem in need of fixing.
In August, Facebook announced new tools to help you fight your social media addiction. These new tools are designed to help you manage the time you spend on Facebook and Instagram. Because we all know how easy it is to sucked in for hours at a time.
How to Use Instagram’s New Activity Dashboard
Instagram’s new activity dashboard can be found under “Your Activity”. Just click on the hamburger icon in the top right-hand corner of your profile, and then click “Your Activity”. Here, you’ll see a dashboard showing you how much time you spend using Instagram.
Thankfully, the tools aren’t just informative. You can set a daily reminder when you’ve been using the app for a period of time of your choosing. You can also change the types of notifications you get, and even mute notifications altogether for up to 8 hours.
Instagram rolls out an activity dashboard that shows how much time you spend on the platform.
Me: checks out my activity dashboard… pic.twitter.com/wHY69M0xY5
— Denise Chan (@denisechan26) November 15, 2018
Setting a time limit is designed to help those people who need reminding to take a break from their phone once in a while. And the option to mute notifications should prevent interruptions when you’re meant to be focusing on something more important.
Everything In Moderation, Including Social Media
In its original article announcing these new activity dashboards, Facebook said it has a “responsibility to talk openly about how time online impacts people—and we take that responsibility seriously. These new tools are an important first step”.
This is a good first step too, as there’s mounting evidence that social media is bad for you. As with most things, it’s all about moderation, and for people who are currently unaware they’re using Instagram to excess, these new tools could be a gamechanger.