Instagram will now tell you how many hours you spend on it

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Facebook revealed the announcement in a blogpost that outlined new tools that will allow users to see how much time they spend on the social media platorms and set a time limit for daily usage.

Through these tools, the company is aiming to provide people an understanding of how much time they spend on either app, and therefore, giving them an opportunity to limit their usage as they deem fit.

The company said it "developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration from leading mental health experts and organisations" as well academics and its users. Facebook says it wants the time people spend on its apps to be intentional, positive and inspiring.

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The tools are available in the settings page on both services, with Instagram's hiding in the "Your Activity" section and Facebook's in "Your Time on Facebook".

Facebook's new time-management controls. When they do roll out, though, you'll be able to access them by going to Settings on either app.

The dashboard allows users to view the average time and total time spent on each app on a daily basis. Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday said they want to help you take control.

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A poll by Sky Data last week revealed that just 1% of people believe that platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram make bullying less of a problem among children. Millions of people around the world can relate to spending too much time on their phones, and most are even on social media when they explicitly shouldn't be. "It strikes me as a way to balance their corporate interest of keeping people spending as much time as possible on Facebook, while still being responsive to people who find the continual notifications to be disturbing or distracting".

The interface looks similar to what we've seen in iOS 12's Screen Time feature, and that's not a surprise. "These new tools are an important first step, and we are committed to continuing our work to foster safe, kind and supportive communities for everyone".

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