Instagram started testing a new feature called ‘Take a Break’ to encourage people to take regular breaks after a certain amount of time from using the Meta-owned photo-sharing app.
According to Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram, the long-awaited ‘Take a Break’ feature will remind users when they have spent a long time on the platform.
“It does what you think it does. If you opt-in, it encourages you to take a break from Instagram after you spend a certain amount of time on the app; 10, 20, or 30 minutes,” Mosseri said in a video posted to Twitter. This feature is under testing and if all goes well, you and me should see this rolling out by December!
In a social media post, Instagram Head Adam Mosseri says that this is “part of the broader effort to try and give people more control over their experience of Instagram and there are more ideas like this coming in the future too.” The feature has been developed with third-party experts, says Mosseri.
Testing “Take a Break” ??
We started testing a new feature called “Take a Break” this week. This opt-in control enables you to receive break reminders in-app after a duration of your choosing.
I’m excited to dig into the results & hopefully launch this sometime in December. ✌? pic.twitter.com/WdSTjL6ZdH
— Adam Mosseri ? (@mosseri) November 10, 2021
Take a Break will initially be available to a few Instagram users as part of an early test. Those eligible will see the option embedded in their Instagram feed. Users can then bring up the window and choose from a total of four time presets; the longest interval exceeds up to 30 minutes. Once set, Instagram will show you a reminder to take a break after your set duration.
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Of course, you can dismiss that and continue using Instagram as you please. But the reminder could be of great value to those who are actively trying to cut down on their addiction to social media.
If the test goes as planned, then Instagram could release the feature by December for everyone. Of course, if you seek more intervention, you can go to the Digital wellbeing app on your Android device and restrict app usage times from there.