Facebook and Instagram Roll Out New Features to Let Us Know When We’ve Had Enough of Social Media
Facebook and Instagram will roll out features that show people how much time they’ve spent on the apps. The effort is part of an ongoing effort to be more responsible with its community rather than push for engagement, the company stated. But experts aren’t convinced that these features will make an actual difference.
According to recent studies, people who spend hours scrolling through their social media are prone to being more lonely than others and can face anxiety and depression. So Facebook has decided to roll out a few new features to help with our time management problem such as:
- An activity dashboard that shows how long you’re spending on Facebook or Instagram.
- A daily reminder for when you’re hitting your total time for the day.
- A way to tune out notifications.
You can access these features on either app through the settings option.
But some experts are not too sure that this could help with the budding problem. “It represents a meaningful start, but it’s not clear how effective the tool is going to be,” said Brian A. Primack, director of the center for research on media, technology and health at the University of Pittsburgh. Primack is one of the foremost academics who is studying the connection between social media and well-being.