Instagram to Reveal How Much Time You're Spending in the App

Instagram to warn users if they spend too much time on the app

Instagram to warn users if they spend too much time on the app

Now, Facebook's Instagram has confirmed a new "Time Spent" tool is coming to let users manage their time spent in the social network's app.

Instagram now appears to be taking a page from Google's stylebook as the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing app is working on a new feature called "Usage Insights" which will allow users to know more about the time they spend on Instagram. First spotted by Jane Manchun Wong, who recently discovered an encrypted DM feature in Twitter, the forthcoming feature is Instagram's response to rising concerns over phone addiction.

As of now, there's no word on whether Instagram will show you the total amount of time you have spent inside the Instagram app right from the day you joined in, or, will only show it from the time since the "Usage Insights" tool is rolled out.


Following its leak, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed the Usage Insights feature in a tweet, saying it will help users "know more about the time they spend on Instagram". He also noted that time spent online impact people and that his company wants to be honest with the users. "I take that responsibility seriously", he said. A line of computer code for the feature mentions the words "time_spent", Wong said in a tweet.

The company plans to make it easier for users to understand their Instagram usage patterns.

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