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Instagram will now tell you how many hours you spend on it

Instagram will now tell you how many hours you spend on it

Facebook users can head into Settings followed by Your Time on Facebook while Instagram users can again open Settings before choosing Your Activity.

The aim of the feature is to give users better understanding of how much they are using both apps as well as allowing limits on in-app time to be set in an attempt to help curb addiction.

The feature, at least initially, is focused exclusively on mobile users and does not appear to be available to users who access Facebook or Instagram via a desktop or laptop computer. "Our hope is that these tools give people more control over the time they spend on our platforms and also foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them".

There's a dashboard with some usage stats, breaking down how much time you've spent in the apps over the last week. Per the Verge, new dashboard functions allow users to see how much time they've spent in the apps, set limits on usage time, and snooze those enticing notifications for a set amount of time (up to eight hours).

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The tools were said to be developed based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, Facebook's extensive research, and feedback from its community.

The new feature doesn't tell you how much of your time is spent actively participating in social media-posting, liking, and interacting-and how much is spent passively scrolling content, or what some have dubbed "passive zombie feed scrolling".

To access the tools, go to the settings page on either app. You can also easily mute push notifications from within the new "Your Activity" panel to prevent those enticing mentions from showing up on your lock screen. 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.

These updates are rolling out soon on Facebook and Instagram, they added.


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