YouTube is rolling out tools to help you control your viewing habits


YouTube is doing all within its ability to help you enjoy your viewing habits on its platform. Fresh from recommending phones that the company thinks might help you improve your viewing experience on its platform, YouTube is once again rolling out some new tools to help you take charge of your viewing habits.

When next you open your account menu, you will see an updated profile showing the amount of time you have spent watching video for that day. You can also view the stats for the amount of time you have spent watching videos the previous day, and in the previous week as well.

In a statement via its official blog, YouTube said: “Our goal is to provide a better understanding of time spent on YouTube, so you can make informed decisions about how you want YouTube to best fit into your life.”

Once you know how much time you are spending using the app, you might want to take a break; but first you have to set a limit. It is like having a big brother watch over you and making sure you take a short nap to help get you back on track. You can set a limit, which will now be used to send you  friendly reminder when you are due for a break.

Earlier in the month, Facebook along with its sister company Instagram  both rolled out a new tool to help deal with social media addiction. “Time well spent,” the name of the tool, will help fight addiction to your mobile phone. The new feature will provide you with information on how much time you have spent on each app, set a timer to alert you after you have spent ‘x’ amount of time using the app on a given day, and snooze notifications for about eight hours.

In a tweet last May, Kevin Systrom Instagram CEO 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.”

Also, in a bid to improve your viewing experience when watching videos on YouTube, Google has started recommending phones. Recommendation, however, will only be made when using an inferior phone. With a new Signature Devices program, the video-streaming website plan to encourage everyone to use devices that boast of the latest video technologies.

YouTube in the last few years has been upgrading its equipment and features to accommodate the latest and most advanced technology to enhance video viewing on its platform. To provide the best for its users, the onus does not only rest on the Google owned company, but users equally have a role to play in terms of the quality of devices they use.

Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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