Facebook announces social media time management tool

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Facebook has formally revealed a new feature termed Screen Time style tools to aid users in monitoring and controlling social media usage of both the main Facebook app and Instagram platform.

“Today we are announcing new tools to help people manage their time on Facebook and Instagram: an activity dashboard, a daily reminder and a new way to limit notifications. We developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, our own extensive research and feedback from our community,” Facebook explains in their official news release.

The social media platform further expressed its commitment to influence users towards more responsible observances and time-management.

“We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring. 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.”

The activity dashboard shows users a bar-chart of the time spent in each app, along with a daily average. The daily reminder enables users to choose a time-limit for each app, and be sent an alert when selected.

Fortunately, each user will be able to dismiss the alert and continue to use the app.

In connection with managing the new tool alerts, social media users can mute notifications for periods ranging from 15 minutes to eight hours, to reduce the likelihood of being pulled back into the apps.

To access the new tools, Facebook has instructed users to access: Settings > Your Time on Facebook.

For Instagram setting management, users must access: Settings > Your Activity

Below the bar chart are the options to ‘Manage Your Time and Manage Your Notifications’.

The company says that the new features will be rolling out ‘soon’ to both apps. Facebook usually performs silent updates in the background, adding a note to your feed when it has been updated.