Facebook’s and Instagram’s newest features? Tools to help you spend less time on Facebook and Instagram. Social networking giant Facebook, which owns Instagram, unveiled new additions Wednesday aimed at letting people better manage their time on the apps. One new feature will let you see a dashboard that tells you how much time you’ve spent on Facebook or Instagram that day. Another tool lets you set daily limits for yourself. Once you’ve hit that ceiling, you’ll get an alert. You’ll also be able to mute push notifications for anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours at a time. On Facebook, you can control those tools in a new section of the settings called “Your Time on Facebook.” On Instagram, they’ll be in the settings under “Your Activity.” “We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring,” Ameet Ranadive, product management director at Instagram, and David Ginsberg, director of research at Facebook, said in a statement. “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.” The update arrives as Silicon Valley has begun to come to terms with some of the negative consequences of its products. Tech addiction has become a serious issue — people check their phones an average of 47 times a day, according to a survey by Deloitte released in November. In addition to trying… [Read full story]
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