It is no surprise that we spend a lot of time on social media and the biggest social network currently is Facebook. Although time spent on a website (as shown by websites like Alexa) is an important metric to these companies, there are obvious side effects to it and now Facebook is doing something about it.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook is testing a tool that will show you how much time you are spending on the social network. “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent,” a spokesperson told the publication.
The feature was uncovered within piles of code by Jane Manchun Wong and she posted the screenshots on Twitter.
Facebook is working on “Your Time on Facebook” which could help users to manage their time spent on Facebook app.
Instagram is also working on helping users to improve their digital wellbeing: https://t.co/y38mV3RtqB
as previously spotted: https://t.co/D26M9RuSxG pic.twitter.com/YqSyH0fpII
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 22, 2018
This feature could be part of the options on Facebook where when you click on it, it shows your average time usage on the app in the past week complete with the specific times for the days. You can even set a daily reminder that will send a notification when you reach the time you’ve allocated for yourself to use Facebook.
This test comes at a weird time when Apple subtly trolled Facebook during WWDC 2018 where they showed how you could understand how much time you use on apps by displaying Facebook apps.