Facebook has announced new features to help people manage their time on its platform and on Instagram.
The features include daily and weekly data on time spent within each app, a feature for temporarily muting push notifications, and a daily reminder system to notify you when you’ve hit a self-designated cut-off time for the day.
“This is about giving people the tools and the insights for them to decide for themselves what they want to be doing,” said David Ginsberg, director of research at Facebook.
In Ginsberg post, the features build on the changes Facebook made to the News Feed in January. Facebook said it would prioritize posts that “spark conversations and meaningful interactions,” as well posts from family and friends. In a Facebook post at the time, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.”
To access the tools, go to the settings page on either app. On Instagram, tap “Your Activity,” and on Facebook, tap “Your Time on Facebook.” At the top, you’ll see a dashboard showing your average time for that app on that device. Tap any bar to see your total time for that day.
Below the dashboard, you can set a daily reminder to give yourself an alert when you’ve reached the amount of time you want to spend on that app for that day. You can change or cancel the reminder at any time. You can also tap on “Notification Settings” to quickly access the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting. This will limit your Facebook or Instagram notifications for a period of time when you need to focus.
Facebook has a responsibility to help people understand how much time they spend on its platforms so they can better manage their experience. In December 2017, it shared insights about what the team is doing to create experiences that help people connect and build relationships.
Over the past year, a number of tools to help people better control their experience on Facebook and Instagram has also been introduced.
On Facebook, the News Feed quality was improved to show people the most relevant posts with features like See First, Hide, Unfollow, and Keyword Snooze.
On Instagram, powerful tools to proactively care for the community — like the “You’re All Caught Up” message in Feed, keyword filtering, sensitivity screens, and offensive comment and bullying filters were also launched.
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