Facebook will tell you how much time you’re wasting in its app

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You don’t need to wait for iOS 12 to find out how much time you’re wasting in Facebook.

The social network is testing a new tool that will show you exactly how many minutes you’ve spent inside its app each day. It will also give users the ability to set their own usage caps.

Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family — especially those who you never get a chance to see in person anymore. But a lot of Facebook users simply can’t pull themselves away from their feeds.

Facebook wants to help.

“Protecting our community is more important that maximizing our profits,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said recently, so the company is prototyping a new tool dubbed “Your Time on Facebook.”

Your Time on Facebook

The tool gives users a tally of how many minutes they’ve spent using the Facebook app per week, and an average of how many minutes you spent using it each day.

It also lets you “Manage Your Time” by setting your own usage caps. If you only want to use the app for an hour each day, for instance, Facebook will notify you when your time is almost up.

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“Your Time on Facebook.”
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The feature seems similar to the new Screen Time tools Apple will deliver with iOS 12 this fall, which will also show you how much time you’ve spent inside each app, and allow you to set usage caps.

“We’re always working on new ways to help make sure people’s time on Facebook is well spent,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Facebook hasn’t confirmed when its new feature will be available to all, but we expect to see it soon.