Facebook and Instagram announced an ‘Activity Dashboard’. It helps users properly manage their time spent on Social Media. The dashboard will include daily reminders, notification limits and a time tracker. We take a look at these new features and see what the apps have in store.
Why time tracking is being introduced
Ahh time management, a myth amongst the ordinary; a seemingly easier concept for those nailing the whole adult thing. However for us mere mortals, time management can be rough. Falling into the vicious cycle that is procrastination can be common practice. Gone are the days of overdue submissions and endless scrolling into the abyss. We now graciously welcome the new dashboard feature that lets us know exactly how much time we’ve wasted; sorry, spent on the app. Furthermore, sources suggest the new features will be added as both Facebook and Instagram are criticised; for intervening in user productivity and quality of life. Yes Im thinking it too, income the productivity police. Ultimately, the goal is to encourage healthy engagement and reduce passive scrolling.
The time tracking feature; what’s new
Facebook launches ‘Your Time on Facebook’, whilst Instagram are going with ‘Your Activity’. Both features include tools letting you to manage your daily usage. In addition, tools include the ability to mute push notifications; basically a way of grounding yourself to focus up. Additionally, sources suggest the features will be available world wide within the next couple of weeks. A blessing from the procrastination Gods, surely? The three vertical lines at the bottom of your screen could be the difference between a giggle or getting fired. Simply tap in the bottom right and Facebook will give you your stats. Yay!
Instagram’s ‘Your Activity’ will be available in your settings/gear icon. Although thats not all the features do… Both apps will present you with a fancy bar graph, showing you exactly how much time you’ve spent in the week. In addition, theres an option to chose how much time you’re willing to spend in the next. Have they just invented organised procrastination? You’ll get reminders telling you how badly you messed up, as well as giving you an option to pass responsibility to the app so you behave… Sorry, mum.
Whether you see the difference or not. Personalised metrics sound cool, you get to see exactly when and why you’re going wrong; with a helping hand to set you on the straight and narrow. But will users really take notice?