Addicted to Instagram? The app might one-day let you know.
Writer + Founder of CRTVCHURCH
F or those unaware, young tech users are beginning to see the benefit of not being so connected (cue: Nokia 3310).
A few weeks ago, Google announced a new set of tools designed for it’s Android Operating System, that allows users to:
1. Set timers for app usage.
2. Enter a ‘wind down’ mode that changes the screen color to grayscale and lowers the brightness over time.
3. Turn their phones over to automatically engage do not disturb.
Which are some pretty exciting features (that still won’t convince me to swap to their Pixel). Instagram seeks to not to be outdone, according to TechCrunch:
“There is code buried in Instagram’s Android app that reveals a “Usage Insights” feature that will show users their “time spent.” That code currently remains unpublished, and it ’s not exactly clear whether that will be your total time spent on Instagram ever or within some shorter time frame like a day, week, or month.”
This has since been confirmed by Kevin Systrom (CEO of Instagram), who tweeted a reply to the TechCrunch article:
— Kevin S. (@kevin) May 16, 2018
More and more commentators are suggesting that there is an addiction to technology and it is having a negative impact on our mental health and stress levels. Therefore, this type of tool that could prevent excessive use (or at least make users aware) couldn’t come fast enough.