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Facebook introduces new tools to curb social media addiction

Illustration photo The Facebook logo is displayed on their website an image of a photo taken in Bordeaux, France, Feb. 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Regis Duvignau)

The feeling that you spend too much time on social media? Facebook just introduced a number of new tools that can help you curb your addiction to the platforms.

Because the first step to solving a problem is to realize, there is now a way to see how much time you spend on the Instagram and Facebook apps every day, on average. Gather all your courage and go to the settings-page on Facebook or Instagram app on Instagram, tap on the “Your Activity” and on Facebook, tap on “Your Time on Facebook.” This will result in a dashboard that you your statistics.

On the flip side, the statistics show only how much time you spent using the app on that device. It will not be the time you spent browsing Facebook or Instagram on your desktop at work, for example.

Under the dashboard, you will find a new option called “Set Daily Reminder.” This allows you to specify how much time you want to spend on Facebook or Instagram in a day – let’s say, 15 minutes, so you will get a warning if you reach that self-imposed limit.

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Facebook is also introducing a new way to limit your notifications when you need to concentrate. Under the option for the setting of a daily reminder, you will see “Notification Settings.” Tap that to access the new “Mute Push Notifications” setting.

“We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive, and inspiring,” Instagram Director of Product Management Ameet Ranadive and Facebook research Director David Ginsberg wrote in a Wednesday blog post. “Our hope is that these tools give people more control over the time they spend on our platforms, and also the conversations between parents and teens about the online habits that is good for them.”

Facebook said it developed these new tools in collaboration with the mental health experts and academics with the help of feedback from the community.

Facebook earlier this year changed the News Feed ranking algorithm to start with users more posts from family, friends, and groups to which they belong, and less content of the companies, brands, and media organizations – a move intended to make the service better for the well-being of people. The social network in December, acknowledged that passive reading of your Facebook News Feed is not always good for your mental health. Those who deal with blogs (commenting, liking, etc.) the tendency to feel better about themselves than those who just browse and browse to the company.

Meanwhile, Instagram recently introduced a feature that warns you if you have seen any new post from the last two days, so you know you’re caught and can stop the scrolling.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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