Facebook introduced the time limit of the tool

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Facebook and Instagram are releasing a new tool to limit the amount of time that people spend on their applications.

The announcement follows concerns that the excessive use of social media can have a negative impact on mental health.

Users will now be able to check how much time they spent scrolling, set a reminder for when they reach their time limit, and to cut off the sound notifications for a period of time.

But some people say it doesn’t go far enough.

“I would not say that this is a radical change or that it will really change a lot of things about how most people use Facebook or Instagram,” Grant Blank, Oxford Internet Institute, told Newsbeat.

“It strikes me as a way to balance their interest to keep people spending as much time as possible on Facebook, while listening to the people who continues to receive the notifications to disturb or distract.”


Facebook has published a blog post in December 2017, which has recognized the negative effects of spending too much time on the platform has on its users.

In one experiment, the students of the University of Michigan who were randomly assigned to scroll through Facebook for 10 minutes were in a “worse mood” at the end of the day than those who are assigned to be more active on the site of publication or talk to friends.

The other from UC San Diego and Yale have shown people who have clicked on four times as many links, or liked two times more positions, “reported the worst mental health than the average”.

Lifestyle vlogger and Instagrammer Em Sheldon, 24, told Newsbeat that the control over his friends is an “everyday thing”.

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