Many of us are getting more and more addicted to social media, Facebook to be exact. It is causing us to spend multiple hours a day on our phone that we neglect our daily responsibilities and our social life.
Seeing this as a problem, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, wants to save us from ourselves. The tech giant is launching a real-time tool dashboard which helps to track the time you spend on Facebook and Instagram.
Source: ZD Net
Although it may come off as counterproductive, especially when you’re making money off social media timetables, the company is serious and wants us to shift our gaze from phone screens to real people.
The social network confirmed on Wednesday, August 1, that it is rolling out new tools to ‘help people manage their time on Facebook and Instagram’.
Source: The Sun
A dedicated dashboard will house these tools, called ‘Your Time on Facebook’ and ‘Your Activity’ on Instagram, allowing users to set daily reminders and limits.
Facebook said the tools are developed based on statistics from leading research thinktanks and in-house data.
The dashboard will show you a bar chart of the time you have spent in each app over the past seven days. From there, you can choose and set how much time you wish to spend on them.
Source: Huffington Post
Once you’ve reached that time, the app will send you a notification reminding you that you’ve hit your daily limit. Of course, you can choose to ignore it and browse as you like. There’s also a tab for you to manage your notifications, letting you mute them for up to eight hours.
“We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive, and inspiring.”
Ultimately, the company is telling the world they want to be accountable for its users’ social media habits.
“These new tools are an important first step, and we are committed to continuing our work to foster safe, kind and supportive communities for everyone.”
This is certainly a good step from the company itself, but in order for it to work users must also be disciplined and use the tools as instructed, only time will tell us if this really works!
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