Facebook has attempted to counter a growing public and political backlash by introducing “digital wellbeing” tools that enable users to spend less time on its apps. Users of Facebook and Instagram will be able to create pop-up alerts to limit their time on the apps, block push notifications for fixed periods and get updates on the time they have spent on the social networks each day. The changes, announced on Wednesday and to be introduced around the world over coming weeks, come amid growing concern at the potential damage excessive use of social media is having on the mental and emotional health of children. Campaigners, however, said the moves did not address online harms like bullying or... Register or log in to view this and other Technology Intelligence articles. It's free and easy to do. Access brilliant stories, features and analysis Sign up to our exclusive Technology Intelligence daily newsletter Become part of our ambitious new Tech … [Read more...] about Facebook to launch ‘take a break’ pop-up warnings to help children spend less time on social media
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Instagram and Facebook are encouraging users to think more carefully about how much time they’re spending on both apps — by using new tools within Instagram and Facebook. Today, Facebook announced that it is adding new ‘activity dashboards’ to the main Facebook app, and Instagram. The company said the dashboards are “coming soon,” but didn’t say what date exactly. On both apps, the new dashboards will live within the ‘settings’ tab — on Instagram, it will be called ‘Your Activity,’ and on Facebook, it will be called ‘Your Time on Facebook.’ There, users can see the average amount of time they spent on Facebook or Instagram that week, as well as how much time they spent on their apps that day. They can also opt to receive a reminder after they’ve been on Facebook or Instagram for a certain amount of time — say 45 minutes — in the hopes that it will encourage them to log off for the day. … [Read more...] about Facebook and Instagram add activity trackers to help you limit your time on social media
Social media has the power to change lives—but for the most part, these changes aren’t positive. More than 2 billion people around the world use Facebook, the most popular social media platform, to get news, communicate with family, and stay in touch with old friends. It’s tempting to think that such a widely used platform (and such a popular industry) would naturally be safe to use, but the reality is, social media has significant destructive potential. And if we don’t all learn how to use it responsibly soon, it could have devastating consequences for our lives – including society as a whole. The argument for social media as a positive force Have you visited TNW's hype-free blockchain and cryptocurrency news site yet? It's called Hard Fork. TAKE ME THERE Before I dig my heels in, I want to acknowledge that social media can be a positive force. Proponents of social media as a positive technological development often cite its potential for the … [Read more...] about We all need to start using social media responsibly – or face the consequences
You might be familiar with the experience of scrolling through your Facebook feed, only to feel like everyone else's lives are better than yours. But such "social comparisons" may be linked with a higher likelihood of having depression. That's one finding from a new study that identified a total of five social media behaviors linked with the mental health condition. The study was presented May 25 at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco. In the study, the researchers analyzed information from around 500 undergraduate students who actively used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Snapchat and completed an online survey to examine certain social media behaviors, as well as symptoms of major depressive disorder. [9 DIY Ways to Improve Your Mental Health] The researchers found that people's reasons for using social media — whether it was out of boredom, or for entertainment or news — were not linked with depression. But how they … [Read more...] about These 5 Social Media Habits Are Linked with Depression
Video: Five facts about e-commerce in the Middle East. Adoption of social media is growing rapidly around the world. There are now 3.2 billion active social-media users, akin to 43 percent of the world's population, according to new data from We Are Social. That's up from 30 percent just 12 months ago. In the Middle East, nations such as Saudi Arabia and UAE are among the world's leading nations in terms of social-media growth and use, driven by smartphone ownership, high levels of internet penetration and a large, digitally-savvy youth population . However, other nations in the region, especially those in North Africa, remain behind the global curve for social-media adoption; reflecting the diversity of digital experiences in this far-from homogeneous part of the world.Messaging apps As we've previously noted on ZDNet, the Middle East has an uneasy relationship with many messaging services, like WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram. The closed, encrypted nature of these … [Read more...] about What’s driving Middle East’s rush to social media?