Instagram Confirms Tool Coming to Let Users Manage Time Spent in the App

It’s all about life balance nowadays when it comes to technology and our smartphones, and more companies are jumping on offering time management tools, like Google’s upcoming version of Android, which will inform users of how much time they’ve spent within individual apps.

Now, Facebook’s Instagram has confirmed a new ‘Time Spent’ tool is coming to let users manage their time spent in the social network’s app.

TechCrunch first reported on a developer’s discovery of the feature in the Android version of the app, and it was soon confirmed by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on Twitter, who said “We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be positive and intentional.”

It’s true. RT @TechCrunch: Code buried in Instagram’s Android app reveals a “Usage Insights” feature that will show users their “time spent” https://t.co/1Lt3DgIFEj

— Kevin S. (@kevin) May 16, 2018

Instagram usage insights

It’s easy to waste time within apps like Instagram, as endless scroll of your friends’ crafted images that rarely depict real-life, can soak up your day. Other apps such as YouTube recently added a notification feature to inform users to take a break from videos ^(http://www.appmarsh.ca/how-to/how-to-setup-youtube-ios-remind-me-break/).

It’ll be interesting to see if Apple will debut similar time management tools in iOS 12 when WWDC kicks off in three week’s time ^(http://www.appmarsh.ca/news/wwdc-2018/).

Author: Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).

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