Facebook have announced that they will be introducing a time management feature that allows users to have more control over the time they spend on Facebook and Instagram. The tools have been introduced as a result of research conducted by Facebook that analysed the amount of time users engaged in a passive or active manner on both platforms, and how this is linked to a having positive or negative impact on an individuals mental health and wellbeing.
With an array of scandals hitting the social media giant including the Cambridge Analytics data breach and consistent findings of fake news and fake accounts, Mark Zuckerberg has been vocal about his aims to protect users stating “we want the time people spend on Facebook to encourage meaningful social interactions,”
Over the past year, Facebook has continued to work on providing users with improved News Feed quality by introducing most relevant posts with features like See First, Hide, Unfollow, and Keyword Snooze on Facebook.
On Instagram, the “You’re All Caught Up” message in Feed, keyword filtering, sensitivity screens, and offensive comment and bullying filters have been introduced and, if Mark Zuckerberg is intent on keeping his word, then we may be seeing a lot more updates and new features on both sites throughout the year.
The new time management tools will provide users with access to information detailing the average amount of time they spend on the platforms on a daily or weekly basis, in addition to providing users with the option to disable push notifications. These updates are rolling out soon on Facebook and Instagram.