Facebook is tackling fear that too much social media can be bad for the mental health of users. The company is reportedly implementing some new told features inside the Facebook app and even on Instagram that are intended to limit the amount of time that people spend on their apps.
The users will be able to look at a dashboard that contain data regarding their activity, which will reveal both the daily time and the average time that they have spent on the app during the previous week.
The users will also have the option set the app to notify them when they are already going past a predetermined time limit for thier scrolling time. They can also use a mute button for notifications that may encourage them to stop checking their phone for a maximum of eight hours.
In a joint blog post, David Ginsberg,, and Ameet Ranadive, a representative from Instagram, wrote: “We have a responsibility to help people understand how much time they spend on our platforms so they can better manage their experience.”
They added: “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.”
However, some people say that the efforts are not going far enough.
In an interview with the BBC’s Newsbeat, Oxford Internet Institute’s Grant Blank, stated: “I wouldn’t say it’s a radical change or that it’s going to really change a lot about the way that most people use Facebook or Instagram.”
He added: “It strikes me as a way to balance their corporate interest of keeping people spending as much time as possible on Facebook, while still being responsive to people who find the continual notifications to be disturbing or distracting.”
A statement that was acknowledging the negative effects of spending too much time on social media was published by Facebook last December.