Instagram and Facebook Want to Help Break Your Addiction to Instagram and Facebook

by Aria Darcella

Everyone’s been there: you’re about to go to bed, but just before you turn in for the night, you decide to check social media one last time. Next thing you know, it’s 2 AM, and you realize you’ve just spent three hours scrolling your life away on your phone. Well, Facebook and Instagram are here to help!

Today, Facebook announced that it is rolling out a number of new features to not only help users track how much time they’re spending on social media, but also allow them to set limits on their daily usage.  You’ll also be able to mute push notifications for set amounts of time in order to help your willpower when it comes to staying off your phone.

“We developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organizations, academics, our own extensive research and feedback from our community,” explained Ameet Ranadive, Instagram’s product management director, and David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, in a joint statement. “We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive, and inspiring. Our hope is that these tools give people more control over the time they spend on our platforms and also foster conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that are right for them.”

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