Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Facebook, Instagram to introduce time-management tools

Facebook and Instagram are introducing new dashboard tools to help you manage the time you spend on the social platforms. The addiction is real, and now Facebook wants to help users curb their social media vices by alerting them to how much time they spend surfing the apps.

Product Management Director at Instagram, Ameet Ranadive, and Director of Research at Facebook, David Ginsberg, jointly said: "We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring". The idea is also to give people more control over the time they spend with both services, since they clearly lack the willpower to do it themselves, and "foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them". Labeled "Your Time on Facebook" on Facebook and "Your Activity" on Instagram, the function informs you of how much time you've spent enjoying cat videos.

The updates are called "Your Time on Facebook" and "Your Activity".

The company also faces competitive pressure to move quickly. View screen grabs of the new feature below. Facebook's implementation of the idea is focused only on self-control. So if you have problems staying away from whatever bit of Facebook or Instagram keeps luring you in, now you have some tech to keep you away from it.

"Time limits do not address the fact that there are still no consistent child safety standards in place".

No matter which app you use, you will see a bar chart showing your in-app time as well as the ability to manage notifications in order to prevent excessive usage of the apps.

To access the tools, go to the settings page on either app. "It strikes me as a way to balance their corporate interest of keeping people spending as much time as possible on Facebook, while still being responsive to people who find the continual notifications to be disturbing or distracting".

One of them gives you a way to set a time limit for your Facebook and Insta browsing.

Like this: