Facebook is finally making its feature that alerts you of time spent on its app. The company has just added a new dashboard that will let you set an app time limit. Apparently, as we told you last August, this move will help heavy users curb their addiction to the use of social media and other apps.
Once you have set a timer via the dashboard, a pop up will appear to remind you that you have reached the limit. On the dashboard, you will be able to see how much time you have spent on Facebook in previous week. Some users have already started seeing the new dashboard, and you might want to take a look at yours for a feedback.
TechCrunch reports that you can set a daily limit to receive a reminder, and get access to shortcut notifications. To access the new feature, simply go o Facebook’s More tab > Settings & Privacy > Your Time on Facebook.
At the moment, there are a few noticeable omissions that could make the feature more useful for all users. The time you have spent dashboard seems to be lacking some basic information such as a breakdown of how much time was spent on the News Feed, exploring photos, and a few other segments.
Hopefully, all these improve as users begin to send in their feedback because I am sure there will be loads of them in the coming days.
Last week, Instagram also rolled out its own version of the dashboard. Time well spent on Instagram is hidden within the hamburger icon on the upper right corner of your profile page.
“I as the CEO of Instagram don’t want to make a single person use Instagram more than they want to use it. That’s not my intention,” Kevin Systrom Instagram CEO said in an interview last August per Recode. “So if we can give people the tools to control their time, or be aware of their time, I think that is a very healthy equilibrium.”
Facebook had last June confirmed the development of the feature to TechCrunch, with a spokesperson saying at the time that, “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent.”
In a tweet last May, “Systrom wrote that: It’s true . . . We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be positive and intentional . . . Understanding how time online impacts people is important, and it’s the responsibility of all companies to be honest about this. We want to be part of the solution. I take that responsibility seriously.”
The aim, we should never forget, is to help users take control of how they use the social media. For now, both apps [Facebook and Instagram] still have a lot to do to make the feature work by adding some more tools.