Facebook is working on a new feature that will let users know how much time they spend on the social media platform on a daily basis, and will also alert them when they’ve exceeded their usage limit. The feature is called ‘Your Time on Facebook’ and it is currently in the development phase.
The unreleased feature was spotted by app investigator, Jane Manchun Wong, who found it buried in the code of the Facebook app for Android and also shared a screenshot of the ‘Your Time on Facebook’ feature in action.
A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed that the feature is currently under development, and added that ‘We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent’. As for the feature itself, it will let you check how much time you’ve spent on Facebook on a daily basis over the last seven days. It also allows users to set a daily reminder that will send them an alert once they’ve crossed their self-imposed daily usage time limit.
Moreover, the feature also has a shortcut to change the notification settings and activate the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode. The ‘Your Time on Facebook’ feature is quite similar to Instagram’s upcoming ‘Usage Insights’ tool which was also discovered by Wong. The ‘Usage Insights’ feature also gives a statistical breakdown of daily usage time over the last seven days, and also offers the ability to set a daily usage limit and cut down on notifications. At the moment, it is not known when Facebook will release its social well-being feature and whether it will be available to all users.