Facebook’s Instagram recently introduced a way through which you can check how much time you have spent on the app. Now, the social media giant is planning to bring the same feature to its main app as well. The company is said to be working on a new tool called ‘Your Time’ from where you can manage how much time to spend on the app.
The feature has not been made official yet but a code buried inside Facebook’s Android app spilled the secret. It not just suggests how much time have you spent on the app but also the average time you spend on your smartphone per day. As reported by TechCrunch, the feature will also let users set a daily reminder that gives an alert when you have reached the daily limit. The limits are self-imposed and can be changed from the Facebook’s notification settings.
Facebook has not yet publicly announced the feature but has indirectly confirmed it in a statement to TechCrunch. “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent,” said the spokesperson.
One of the users also posted a couple of screenshots showing the new feature on Twitter.
Facebook taking such steps shouldn’t come as a surprise given that both Google and Apple are bringing the same features to iOS and Android.
It has been reported that Facebook recently changed its News Feed algorithm to reduce the low-quality but eye-catching videos. This led to the social media company losing 700,000 daily active users in North America in Q4 2017. Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg added that the change in algorithm “reduced time spent on Facebook by roughly 50 million hours every day.”
YouTube has also started working towards this and so has Instagram. Last month Instagram’s Android app was found carrying a code that strongly indicated the arrival of a similar feature.