Doesn't Facebook make money from me staring at my phone as much as possible, you ask? If you only want to allow yourself an hour on Facebook or Instagram per day, for instance, simply set that as your limit, and you'll get a notification when you hit it. 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.
On Facebook, you can control those tools in a new section of the settings called "Your Time on Facebook".
We're becoming increasingly concerned about how much time we spend browsing social media apps on our phones. "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".
Accessing the new tools is a simple affair, although the methods do differ depending on which app you are using. Clicking on either of these listings from the settings page will display a dashboard tracking the amount of time spent on the individual app by day. The longest you can mute notifications for is eight hours, and there's nothing in the app to prevent you from using it once you've reached your time limit.
Facebook has a responsibility to help people understand how much time they spend on its platforms so they can better manage their experience. Now, Facebook has formally announced the new features, which will be "rolling out soon". (The company notes research has shown people who use social media passively are more likely to be negatively affected by it.) By allowing people to more actively manage their time in the apps, they might just be more "intentional" about how they spend that time, Facebook claims.