Facebook is finally releasing its time-management feature, which will definitely not make you feel bad about yourself. As expected, the new feature, which is being integrated into Facebook and Instagram apps on iOS and Android, will show you exactly how much time you’ve spent staring into the void that is your Instagram or Facebook feed, and let you know when enough’s enough according to your own limits. Still, with all these activity-limiting features at our disposal, do we have enough self-control to use them? All things considered, Facebook’s new activity-tracking feature is a welcome one. Located in the settings page of either app, you can see a graph charting your weekly use, and establish a daily limit of Facebook or Instagram browsing. That limit functions more like a reminder. After anywhere from 15 minutes to eight hours of Facebook or Instagram stalking, you’ll get an “alert” telling you you’ve exceeded your self-imposed time limit. You can also snooze your Facebook or Instagram notifications for up to eight hours if you, as Facebook put it, “need to focus.” Might I recommend turning off Facebook notifications altogether? I’m not convinced people who need a reminder to spend fewer than eight hours on Facebook are capable of dealing with a self-imposed time limit, especially one that’s more of a wag of the finger than anything else. You’ll have to turn on the time limits yourself, but the feature is easy to find and is totally not designed to shame you for all that… [Read full story]
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