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Facebook, Instagram add tools to limit time spent on the apps

02 August 2018

The company hopes they can give users more control over the time they spend on its social networking apps and "also foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them".

"This is about giving people the tools and the insights for them to decide for themselves what they want to be doing", stated Director of Research at Facebook David Ginsberg.

On Instagram, the tools can be found in the settings under "My Activity".

No matter which app you use, you will see a bar chart showing your in-app time as well as the ability to manage notifications in order to prevent excessive usage of the apps.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said previous year that he wanted "the time people spend on Facebook to encourage meaningful social interactions", and the company has since introduced a range of measures to increase control over what people see.

You can change or cancel the reminder at any time. 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.

Get ready to find out how much time you spend on Facebook and Instagram. It's all summed up with an increasingly common buzz term in the social media sphere: "time well spent".

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. So if you're using Instagram on your tablet and your phone, you'll have to add the two totals together.

Facebook has also partnered with Scholastic and Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to develop and launch "Best Selves" social and emotional learning curriculum created to give teachers easy to use lessons that help students develop pro-social behaviors; and worked with Stand for Children, Harvard's Making Caring Common and other experts to develop "kindness" curriculum and launch Kind Schools Challenge which enrolls middle schools in teaching 30 days of kindness curriculum. But Facebook will only show data about your activity in its apps, while the operating system usage stats are far more useful.

Facebook, Instagram add tools to limit time spent on the apps