New ways to manage time on Instagram

Supporting online wellness and safety is one of the platforms top priorities, Meta-owned Instagram has announced.

With the new year and that “back to school” feeling, there’s a lot of discussion about how you can set healthier boundaries, Instagram said.

This includes how much time they spend on social media and how users can connect more meaningfully with the people and ideas that matter most to them.

With that in mind, Instagram has introduced new ways for people, especially teens, to manage their time and experiences on Instagram, including a “Quiet Mode” to help people focus and set healthy boundaries.

Updates include:

  • We’re rolling out Silent Mode to encourage people to set healthy boundaries with their friends and followers, letting them know when they’re unavailable for a certain period, such as at night.
  • When someone turns on silent mode, they’ll see an “in silent mode” status on their profile, and silent mode will silence notifications and send an auto-reply in response to direct messages from friends and followers.
  • Teens tell us they feel like they need to be available most of the time, so we’ll proactively ask them to turn on silent mode when they spend a certain amount of time on Instagram at night.
  • We’re making it easier for people to see more of the content they care about and less of what they want to avoid. People can now hide multiple pieces of content in Explore at once, directly from the Explore page, without having to click on each post individually. We’ve also updated our Hidden Words tool, which previously protected people from seeing fraudulent direct message requests and comments, so users can hide recommended posts with certain words, emojis, or hashtags in the caption.
  • We’re updating our parental controls to make it even easier for parents to manage their kids’ Instagram experience. Parents will now be able to see their child’s Instagram account settings, including default controls and privacy and content controls.
  • They’ll also get a notification if your teen updates a setting or any accounts your teen has decided to block, to help parents and teens talk about these changes together.

New features

The new features reflect the social media platform’s ongoing work to build things that are meaningful to young people and that are truly useful and useful to creators, Instagram said.

“These new features complement our existing tools that already help people manage their time and the content they see on Instagram.

“These include Take a Break, which helps remind people to take a break to scroll, sensitive content controls that let users decide how much sensitive content they’d like to show in their feed, and nudges that encourage teens to switch to a different topic if they’re repeatedly watching the same type of content on Explore,” he said.

Compiled by Faizel Patel, Senior Digital Journalist

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