Social Media Addiction, defined as compulsive and excessive use of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter etc., is not a formal clinical diagnosis and it is fair to say that many people spend far too much time on social media. This year, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff compared Social Media Addiction to Smoking and said that companies like Facebook should be regulated “exactly the same way you regulated the cigarette industry,” putting the safety of consumers before the financial gains of companies.
To address this kind of addiction, Facebook has launched a new time management tool which will allow users to keep a track on how much time they spent on the social network’s mobile application. Users can also pre-define the time limit and they will receive alerts when they cross the specific time limit.
Now it will be possible to check the amount of time they have spent in a week on the Facebook mobile app. The data can be found in the “Your Time on Facebook” section of the application’s menu, under “Settings & Privacy”.
To access this feature, 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.’
In an addition to time tracking feature, you can also set a reminder to alert you whenever you crosses a daily time limit that you specify.
For example, if you want to spend more NO more than 5 minutes per day on Facebook, a notification will be sent to alert you each time you exceed this daily limit. However, the limit can be changed at any time.
Facebook also offers a shortcut to various newsfeed preferences, allowing users to tailor their experience with options such as prioritizing posts from certain friends or unfollowing people to hide their posts without unfriending them.
Note that the same kind of service is being progressively rolled out to Instagram.