Instagram has started to roll out its new activity dashboard which lets users track the amount of time they spend on the app. The “Your Activity” feature also allows people to temporarily mute notifications and set a time limit for themselves on the app. To recall, activity dashboard ws announced by Facebook and Instagram in August this year. Now the feature is available on Instagram, while it looks like Facebook users will have to wait longer.
Instagram’s “Your Activity” feature can be accessed by clicking on the top right menu on your profile page. Upfront, it shows the time spent on the app for the current day followed by a bar graph that displays daily average time spent on Instagram last week. There is an option to set daily reminder followed by Notification settings tab that lets users select which Instagram notifications they want to receive. Users can also mute push notifications.
Instagram’s will likely prove to be useful, especially amidst growing concerns of ill effects of using social media for longer hours. Facebook pointed out in a blog post in December that researchers hypothesise that reading about others online might lead to negative social comparison. A recent study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows students who limited the use of either Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to ten minutes per platform, per day showed reductions in loneliness and depression.
Prior to this, Google launched its Dashboard feature in Android P that gives users a full breakdown of their daily smartphone usage habits, time spent on an app, the number of times they unlock the device, hours spent on the screen, etc. With iOS 12, Apple launched a similar feature called Screen Time, which will let users see exactly how much time they are spending on their screen, which app they end up using the most, coupled with daily and weekly reports. The features also allow for putting restrictions on time spent on apps.