Last week, Facebook rolled out the time tracking feature on their social media platform.
After many campaigns on the effect Facebook has on the mental well being of its users, the big boys at Silicon Valley decided to help users track time spent on the App.
The ‘Your Time on Facebook’ dashboard displays a graph showing you how much time you’ve spent on the social networking app over the past week.
To access it, launch the app on your Android or iOS device, tap the ‘hamburger’ icon on the top right corner, and scroll to the head to your Settings & Privacy section.
Then, tap ‘Your time on Facebook’, as you can see, I use the app for three minutes too many per day.
As you can see from the above screenshot, the new dashboard is available within a functions listing, and through it, you can see your total time spent, you can set daily reminders, and also change your settings to make better use of your time, sounds nice right?
To be realistic, this new feature can not reduce your addiction and as Techcrunch rightly said “Facebook and Instagram’s versions are particularly toothless. There are no options to force you to ease off your usage, just a quick daily limit notification to dismiss. iOS 12’s Screen Time at least delivers a weekly usage report by default so the feature finds you even if you don’t go looking for it.
Facebook is making the effort – and who knows, maybe they will prove beneficial and will limit the time spent, and the negative impacts.
Let us wait and see.