Facebook could soon start telling you if you’re spending too much time on Facebook

  • An unreleased feature on the Facebook app called “Your Time on Facebook” will allow you to keep track of how much time you’re spending on the site, TechCrunch reports.
  • The feature, spotted by engineer Jane Manchun Wong, tracks how much time you’ve spent on the app over the past seven days, and shows your average daily usage.
  • The time-management feature is the latest sign that big tech companies are trying to promote healthier interactions with our devices and social media.

Facebook is developing a feature titled “Your Time on Facebook,” which could track how much time you spend on its app each day.

The unreleased feature was first spotted by engineer Jane Manchun Wong who found it buried in code on Facebook’s Android app.Wong has a history of surfacing these nuggets.

“Your Time on Facebook” shows how much time you’ve spent on the app each day for the past seven days, plus the average daily amount of time spent. It also lets you set a daily time-limit and will notify you once you’ve hit it, and allows you to change your notification settings.

Facebook confirmed the feature is in development to TechCrunch, and a spokesperson said: “We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is time well spent.” Facebook did not confirm, however, when the feature would be rolled out.

“Your Time on Facebook” is in keeping with a recent trend at big tech companies like Apple and Google, who offering features to help people manage the amount of time they spend on their devices.

In January, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that changes to the platform, including shifting the emphasis away from news, had resulted in users spending 50 million fewer hours on Facebook. He also laid emphasis on making sure that people make “meaningful connections” on Facebook, rather than promoting addictive use of the platform.

Business Insider has reached out to Facebook for comment.

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