Do you know exactly how much time you spend scrolling through your Instagram feed? Probably not, and perhaps you’d prefer not to know. Either way, the image-sharing app is releasing a new feature that allows you to do just that, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has confirmed via Twitter.
Sharing a TechCrunch article, Systrom confirmed speculation that IG is indeed “jumping into the time well spent movement,” and will soon add a feature that allows users to peek at usage statistics, laying out their social media habits in black and white.
It’s as yet unclear whether the stats will tally up your all-time total, which would no doubt be a terrifying prospect for most of us, or if they’ll employ a shorter timeframe.
Knowing how much time you spend on the app daily, weekly, or even monthly could prompt lifestyle changes from users, especially when you consider the alleged mental health effects of heavy social media use. Last year, a study from the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement dubbed IG the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing after surveying approximately 1,500 teenagers and young adults. The report found that the platform was associated with high levels of bullying, anxiety, depression, and FoMO.
So while the prospect of knowing specifically how much time you spend on Instagram might bring you out in a cold sweat, perhaps it could inspire you to use the app for purposefully, rather than scrolling your days away.
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