Facebook, Instagram roll out new tools to manage time online

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Facebook wants to curb your social media usage.

Similar to what we've seen from Google and Apple over the last couple months, Facebook just announced new tools coming to the Facebook and Instagram apps that are created to help you use them less.

According to CNN, on Wednesday, Facebook and Instagram will be rolling out a new update that allows users to check how much time they spend on the apps.

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You already know you're probably spending too much time on Facebook or Instagram, but if you're curious exactly how much of your day is being consumed by the platforms, a new tool can help you find out.

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"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", it added.

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The features also don't do much to actually discourage you from accessing the apps for an extended period of time.

Facebook says the tools were developed in collaboration with mental health experts and organisations, academics, Facebook's extensive research, and feedback from its community. So if you have problems staying away from whatever bit of Facebook or Instagram keeps luring you in, now you have some tech to keep you away from it.

Instagram recently released an anti-bullying feature, which scans material on the app - including comments - for hate speech, purportedly hiding comments which make threats or attack a user's appearance or character. As for occupying that new-found free time, you're on your own. A dashboard, showing your average time on that device, will appear at the top.

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Will knowing how long they've been scrolling get people to close Instagram and Facebook? You can set a custom daily time allowance, and suspend push notifications so you aren't distracted throughout the rest of your day. On Facebook, the News Feed quality was improved to show people the most relevant posts with features like See First, Hide, Unfollow, and Keyword Snooze.

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