Now It's Impossible To 'Accidentally' Spend Too Much Time On Facebook

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Now you don't have an excuse for spending too much time on Facebook. A week after rolling out the usage-limiting "Your Activity" feature on Instagram, Facebook started rolling out its "Your Time on Facebook" feature to the social network this week.

Just like the Instagram version, its main purpose is to help you keep track of how much time you spend in the app each day and set realistic limits for yourself so you're not wasting too much of your time reading your friend's political rants and looking at pictures of what they had for dinner.

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You can find the feature by launching the app on your mobile device and then tapping the hamburger icon (the three lines on top of each other) at the top right corner of the page. From there, scroll down to "Settings & Privacy" and then select "Your Time on Facebook" from the drop-down list.

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Just like the Instagram version, the feature will let you know how much time you've historically spent using the app and offers suggestions for ways to customise your notifications so you can limit the number of times you're drawn back into the app during the day.

You can also set a daily time limit for yourself for anywhere from 5 minutes to 23 hours and 55 minutes within the feature. When you reach your daily limit you'll get a push notification letting you know (so stop using it then!), but you won't be locked out of the app.

You can also use your iOS device's Screen Time feature, or Android device's Digital Wellbeing feature, to see how your Facebook use tracks against the rest of your life on your smartphone.

And if you look for this today and can't find it, keep in mind that it's a rollout rather than a launch. Make sure you have the latest version of the app installed on your phone and then sit tight, it will likely show up in the next few days.


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