As promised, Facebook added functions in the Screen Time style to the corresponding mobile application, as well as to Instagram.
Updates to the Instagram and Facebook applications should be released shortly.
Here’s what the company says about this:
We want the time that users spend on Facebook and Instagram , be conscious, positive and inspiring. We hope that the new tools will help people control the time they spend on our platforms, and also make parents and teenagers talk about Internet addiction less tense.
Among the new features will be:
New notification limits.
Let’s consider each of the functions in more detail.
Users can access the new tools through the settings of each application.
Instagram: My activity.
Facebook: My time on Facebook.
The statistics at the top show the time you spend in the application.
You can click on any of the bars to open more details, like the total time of the day.
You can set daily reminders of the expiration of the time that you have allocated to the application. You can configure them directly under the statistics.
Restrictions on notifications
Less is distracted by social networks will help and the lack of unnecessary notifications. Now you can remove the sound of notifications for a while (from 15 minutes to 8 hours), so that each time you do not get distracted by the smartphone.
“We developed new tools together with experts in mental health, and also relied on the opinions of various organizations, academicians and feedback from our users,” the management of the social network maintains.
Recently, Instagram added a message “This is all for now” in the stream, and also appeared filters for keywords and blocking offensive comments.
Screen Time from Apple
Meanwhile, Apple is working on similar tools for the iPhone and iPad. In iOS 12 there will be a new settings section – Screen Time, which will help the user to monitor the time that they spend on their device.
Using the screen time, users can set restrictions on the use of each application, view their statistics and more.
In addition, parents will be able to set restrictions for their children at a distance. To do this, the Family access function must be active. The head of the family will even be able to view the statistics of each of the family members on his device.