YouTube videos: You can never watch just one. It’s not your fault. YouTube does a great job of keeping you engaged by constantly offering tailor-made suggestions (and an aggressive autoplay system).
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Now, thanks to a new update, YouTube is finally admitting that too much of a good thing can be bad. Here’s how to use the service’s new “Remind me to take a break” feature to curb your YouTube addiction.
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Before you get distracted by the latest Marvel fan theory (or whatever YouTube’s algorithm think you’re interested in), tap on your profile pic in the top right corner. Tap on Settings and you should see a new option titled, “Remind me to take a break.”
Tap on this option, and you’ll be able to set YouTube to send you a friendly reminder to stop staring at your phone after a set amount of time (the options range from 15 minutes to two hours). You can now go back watching Fortnite videos (or cooking guides, or whatever else you might be into), knowing that YouTube has your back — unless you ignore its notification because you’re too busy watching a video.
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