Take a break! Instagram to say this soon
"Take a break" from Instagram will notify users to log out of the app after preset reminders. Here's all you need to know about it.
How long do you stay on social media apps at a time? 15 minutes? An hour? 2 hours? If that is bothering you and you are seeking to cutdown on your addiction, Instagram is coming up with a solution. It's called “Take a break” and if the name isn't obvious enough, it will remind you to take a break after a certain amount of time.
Yes, all it will do is remind, not enforce the break, like how the Digital Wellbeing feature does on Android. And these will be fullscreen reminders, which you can schedule based on your preferred time gaps. This feature is under testing and if all goes well, you and me should see this rolling out by December!
Instagram to bring reminders for breaks
In a social media post, Instagram Head Adam Mosseri says that this is "part of the broader effort to try and give people more control over their experience of Instagram and there are more ideas like this coming in the future too." The feature has been developed with third-party experts, says Mosseri.
Testing “Take a Break” 🧑🔬— Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) November 10, 2021
We started testing a new feature called “Take a Break” this week. This opt-in control enables you to receive break reminders in-app after a duration of your choosing.
I'm excited to dig into the results & hopefully launch this sometime in December. ✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/WdSTjL6ZdH
Take a Break will initially be available to a few Instagram users as part of an early test. Those eligible will see the option embedded in their Instagram feed. Users can then bring up the window and choose from a total of four time presets; the longest interval exceeds up to 30 minutes. Once set, Instagram will show you a reminder to take a break after your set duration.
Of course, you can dismiss that and continue using Instagram as you please. But the reminder could be of great value to those who are actively trying to cut down on their addiction of social media.
If the test goes as planned, then Instagram could release the feature by December for everyone. Of course, if you seek more intervention, you can go to the Digital wellbeing app on your Android device and restrict app usage times from there. However, this one is harsh and leaves no excuse to keep going at your favourite app.
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