Facebook Wants to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

Facebook Wants to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction”

Facebook has announced new tools to tackle social media addiction, available in its app and on Instagram. 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". 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.

Facebook said it was introducing a daily reminder, whereby users are alerted when they reach the time limit they set for themselves to spend on the app.

The company also added "it's not just about the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram but how they spend that time", following reports about social media damaging users' mental health.

"We want the time people spend on Instagram and Facebook to be intentional, positive and inspiring", the statement said. Finally, you will be able to mute push notifications for a period of time - ranging from 15 minutes to eight hours - by selecting "Notification Settings" present on the same page. Tap any bar to see your total time for that day.

According to CNN, on Wednesday, Facebook and Instagram will be rolling out a new update that allows users to check how much time they spend on the apps.

The blog also bragged about the other tools and features which have been included on Facebook with the intent of improving the overall user experience. On Instagram, the "Your Activity" link will function in the same manner. "I wouldn't say it's a radical change or that it's going to really change a lot about the way that most people use Facebook or Instagram", he said. "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", Ameet Ranadive and David Ginsberg stated.

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