Instagram to Offer 'Time Spent' Usage Insights to Promote Healthy Online Habits

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Instagram is developing a Usage Insights feature for its social media platform that will let users know how much time they're spending in the app.

    TechCrunch on Tuesday highlighted code buried in the Android version of Instagram that reveals the new time management controls headed for the app, and Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has since confirmed the features are indeed in development for the platform as a whole.
    The upcoming feature reflects a recent trend by big tech companies to acknowledge the unhealthy habits that their products can promote, especially among younger users. Facebook-owned Instagram joins Google and Apple in a pool of companies that have recently confirmed they are developing methods to promote more meaningful engagement online and cut down on anti-social browsing.

    Last week, Google announced several tools for users of its latest Android operating system that would help them better manage their screen time. These include a new do not disturb mode called "shush" that makes it easier for users to ignore notifications, and a "wind down" mode that gradually changes screen color to grayscale and lowers brightness as bedtime approaches.

    Earlier this year, Apple responded to an open letter from two major investors asking the company to do more to reduce growing smartphone addiction among children. The letter cited several studies revealing the negative effects of smartphones and social media on children's mental and physical health, and urged Apple to offer more tools and choices to help prevent harm.

    In a statement provided to The Wall Street Journal, Apple said it "thinks deeply" about how its products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them. "We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids," the company explained.

    The fruits of Apple's commitment could appear as soon as next month at the Worldwide Developers Conference, where users can expect a preview of iOS 12: Apple plans to offer updated parental controls in the upcoming version of its mobile OS, starting with a new Digital Health tool that will let parents know how much time their children have spent using iOS devices, which will allow parents to better monitor screen time.

    Article Link: Instagram to Offer 'Time Spent' Usage Insights to Promote Healthy Online Habits
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Translation, keep using Instagram, just responsibily :)
  3. cocky jeremy macrumors 601

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
  4. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    People will simply ignore it.

    The average Facebook user spends 50 minutes a day on the site. How many people will admit or even believe they spend that much time on Facebook, despite the fact being true?
  5. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    It will reveal numbers that nobody will ever want to see, you can’t to go 30 seconds in New York City without seeing somebody with their face buried into that app
  6. Nagy Dávid macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2014
    In my opinion some people will take this as an achievement. The bigger the better right?!
  7. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    This is great and all, but I'd be happy with them getting notifications to work properly. In all of the years I've been using iOS and Instagram, never has that app, consistently, given me a proper lockscreen notification accompanied by a badge.

    I figure that's an easy ask, seeing as how going back to a chronological feed is mortally impossible.
  8. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    This will be interesting to see!
    I noticed their latest update has finally fixed the UI bugs in Comments and Direct, only took a few years.
  9. jonnyb098 macrumors 68030


    Nov 16, 2010
    Won't this just end up leading to a rat race of "WHO HAS THE MOST TIME SPENT" amongst people?
    Just another form of the fight for the most likes with the kiddos.
  10. trusso macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2003
    “The computer argues, to put it baldly, that the most serious problems confronting us at both personal and public levels require technical solutions through fast access to information otherwise unavailable. I would argue that this is, on the face of it, nonsense. Our most serious problems are not technical, nor do they arise from inadequate information. If a nuclear catastrophe occurs, it shall not be because of inadequate information. Where people are dying of starvation, it does not occur because of inadequate information. If families break up, children are mistreated, crime terrorizes a city, education is impotent, it does not happen because of inadequate information. Mathematical equations, instantaneous communication, and vast quantities of information have nothing whatever to do with any of these problems. And the computer is useless in addressing them.”

    Excerpt From: Neil Postman. “Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology.” ​
  11. tzm41 macrumors regular


    Jul 11, 2014
    I have some notifications problems too.. They show up correctly, but tapping on one to open the app will dismiss only the one tapped. Other Instagram notifications stay and have to be manually cleared.
  12. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    That makes me think that it's not just me, that maybe something is screwy on Instagram's side. AFAIK, I don't have that issue with any other app/service.
  13. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    They can add all the metrics they want, but their terrible algorithm insures that you have spend more time in the app to get to see your friends' most recent posts.

    I regularly see posts days old positioned well above posts from the past hour. You never know what you're going to get, which just keeps you scrolling...

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