Instagram will tell you when you're spending too much time on Instagram

Instagram will tell you when you're spending too much time on Instagram

Instagram will tell you when you're spending too much time on Instagram

Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong has found some code in the Instagram app which reveals that Instagram is testing a feature called 'Usage Insights' that will show you how much time you spend in the Instagram app.

The feature was initially spotted within the app's code, but Instagram founder Kevin Systrom has since confirmed the tools are incoming, replying "it's true" to a report from TechCrunch, before elaborating in a pair of tweets. "Be self-aware or be prepared to be ashamed for Instagram addiction", she tweeted.

"We're building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram - any time should be positive and intentional", said Systrom. He also noted that time spent online impact people and that his company wants to be honest with the users.

That statement makes it sound like Usage Insights will put front and center just how many hours users spend on the app, though it's possible it may also break it down into smaller chunks, such as time spent per-day or per-month. At I/O 2018, Google announced Digital Wellbeing, a new initiative to tell its users on Android the breakdown of time spent using their mobile device. Studies show those who depend on their smartphones have worse anxiety, increased stress, and a higher risk of depression.

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