Photo sharing platform Instagram seems to have quietly removed the ability for mobile users to set a daily time limit reminder of less than 30 minutes. In response to user health concerns, Instagram features that enable users to deliberately reduce time spent in the app. Indeed, Instagram introduced the “Take a Break” feature late last year.encourage users to take a break when they spend a long time on the social network.
Previously, it was possible to set a reminder to tell us. take a break every 10, 20 or 30 minutes. However, it seems that Instagram Minimum daily usage time of 30 minutesHowever, this goes against the first purpose of the “Take a Break” option: protecting the mental health of young people.
Instagram no longer wants you to leave its app so soon
” Current values for daily time limits change as part of an app update “ can read some users in a popup. An additional window on the app activity page displays the value of 10 minutes ” no longer supported “.
According to The Verge, which also managed to spot the change on one of its smartphones, the currently available options are: 30 minutes, 45 minutes, one hour, two hours and three hours. A recent study showed that we spend an average of 4.8 hours a day on our smartphones, so this new update may be against digital health.
The in-app change appears to have been made after Meta’s Q4 2021 earnings report revealed: company lost money. As you can imagine, forcing users to spend more time on Instagram is likely the company’s target them with more ads.