We bet that you’re spending too much time on social media, so do we.
But Facebook wants to help us all, so it introduced a bunch of new tools that can help users curb their addiction to its platforms.
The very first step in fixing a problem is acknowledging that you have one.
So, now, there’s a brand new way to see just how much time you spend on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, every day.
Finding out your usage stats
So, buckle up and head over to the settings page on Facebook or Instagram apps, tap “Your Activity” and on Facebook tap “Your Time on Facebook.” This will bring up a dashboard showing your usage stats.
The only “downside” is that these stats only show you how much you were on Facebook or Instagram on the device you’re checking them from.
The feature won’t also add the time you were on social media while at work for instance.
Under the dashboard, you will also see a new option called “Set Daily Reminder” which will let you specify just how much time you want to spend on Facebook on Instagram on a specific day.
You will receive an alert when you reach that limit that you previously imposed yourself.
Facebook is also implementing a new way to restrict your notifications when you need to focus.
Underneath the option to set a daily reminder, you’ll see “Notification Settings.” Tap it to access the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting.
“We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring,” Instagram Product Management Director Ameet Ranadive and Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg wrote in a blog post.
“We hope 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.”
Facebook said it developed these new features together with mental health experts and academics using feedback that they received from the community.