Instagram To Teenagers: Stop Using Our App For Mental Wellbeing; Take A Break
The moment we have any free time, we turn to our social media platforms for a break. One of the popular ones is Instagram. However, the app itself is telling people to take a break from Instagram.
Apparently, the photo-sharing app has had some accusations directed towards it which said that too much time spent on its social network will have detrimental effects on the mental well-being of teenagers.
Instagram Suggests People Take A Break
Instagram will now show pop-ups to users who are spending huge amounts of time looking at a particular topic. These pop-ups will ask them to consider exploring other topics.
Instagram has stated in its blog post that users will also be nudged to take a break after they have spent 10, 20, or 30 consecutive minutes on the app. They will be reminded about alternative activities to social media such as going for a walk or taking a series of deep breaths.
As per Instagram head of well-being and safety Vaishnavi J, “When you’ve been spending a long period of time — 20 minutes for example being a fairly long period of time — it is very valuable for you to then get a little notification reminding you to take a break. You may not feel like you’ve been spending that much time on the app because you’ve been doing five or six different things in those 20 minutes.”
Instagram Head To Appear Before US Committee
Apparently, Instagram head Adam Mosseri has been asked to appear before a U.S. Senate subcommittee. This committee is probing childrens’ safety on social media.
Recently, we reported to you that a Wall Street Journal investigation showed Facebook knew from internal research that the app is harmful to teen girls.
This has made US Lawmakers renew their push to make Facebook halt its development of a version of Instagram for children under age 13,
A bipartisan pair of senators leading the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security Subcommittee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Marsha Blackburn has decided to launch a probe into Facebook’s research and its platforms’ negative impact on young people.