Addicted to Facebook? You will soon discover

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Facebook is the approach of tech addiction with a new feature that will tell you how much time you’re spending/wasting on the platform.

The test feature, called “Your Time Spent on Facebook,” is actually buried in the company’s Android app, according to developer Jane Manchun Wong, who was digging in the software code. On Friday, she tweeted a screenshot of the upcoming tool.


The functions are quite simple; they will show you the number of minutes you spend on Facebook each day during the last week, and to calculate the total daily average.

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To help pry off the Facebook app, you can use the function you can also daily reminders that pop-up when you reach a certain period of time.

Facebook confirmed the feature is in development TechCrunch. “We are always working on new ways to help ensure that people’s time on Facebook is time well spent,” a spokesman for the company told the publication.

Other companies are also trying to tackle tech addiction. Google and Apple are adding time-management features in Android P-and iOS 12, respectively, that you detailed statistics about your phone usage and lets you restrict app usage. YouTube has a new “Take a break” reminder that can be opened in the app’s settings, under the “general”tab.

In the case of Facebook, the company is focused on a new metric, called “time well spent,” following criticism that the social network is bad for society. In January, it was a big change to the New Feed, to reduce the content of media organizations and companies in favor of the messages from friends and family.

“Helping people connect is more important than maximizing the time they spend on Facebook,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors earlier this year.

When the new feature will come is not clear. But Facebook-owned Instagram is also working on a similar time-management feature called “the Use of Insights”, that was spotted by Wong last month.

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