Instagram boss Adam Mossari has confirmed that the platform is testing the long-awaited “Take a break” option.
This is an option that will remind users that they are spending a lot of time using Instagram.
“The option is designed for exactly what you can assume. If you enable it, it will encourage you to take a break from Instagram after spending some time using the app, 10, 20 or 30 minutes. The option is part of a larger effort to give people more control over Instagram. “Eventually you will know what is best for you when it comes to how you use the application,” said Mossari.
A company spokesman confirmed that users will have the option to activate the option, but will also receive notifications to advise them.
The “Take a Break” test comes at a time of pressure on Instagram and parent company Meta (formerly Facebook) after whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress for an internal study that showed Instagram could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health. .
The teens told researchers they felt addicted to Instagram but lacked self-control to reduce app usage time even though they would like to check it less often.
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