Earlier this year in August, both Facebook and Instagram announced a new activity dashboard feature that will let users know the amount of time users spend on the platform. Now, three months later, Instagram has started rolling out the feature called “Your Activity” which can be found inside the hamburger icon on the top right corner.
Just like Google’s Digital Wellbeing on Android Pie, and Apple’s Screen Time on iOS 12, the Your Activity feature on Instagram tells you the amount of time you spend on the photo-sharing app. At the time of filing this story, the feature had only made its way to iOS, and we could not see it on our Android app.
The dashboard shows you the amount of time you spent on Instagram for the past day and week, as well as your average time on the app during this time. However, this is restricted to the device. So, for instance, if you are using Instagram on your iOS and Android smartphones, both will show data of individual activities on a particular device.
Tapping and holding the blue bars will show you how much time you spend on a certain day. There is also an option to set daily limits, and you can temporarily mute push notifications too. The aim here is to give more control to users on how they interact with social networking websites, and spending more time can be harmful, both for the well-being and for mental health.