TikTok adds options for users to take a break from scrolling

TikTok adds options for users to take a break from scrolling

TikTok says it will add new options to promote users to take a break from constant scrolling short-form videos on the platform.

The social media platform says that it will introduce a new option in the coming weeks for users to set custom time limits for how much uninterrupted time they want to spend using the app, before getting a reminder to take a break. Previously, TikTok allowed users to get notified if they spent more than 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes on the app per day.

“These prompts will remind people to take a break after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time, which they can set as they choose,” Jordan Furlong, a product manager of digital well-being at TikTok, said. According to the company, the prompt will read: “Break reminders help you feel more mindful and balanced on TikTok.”

A new screen time dashboard will also give users data about how much time they are spending on TikTok, including summaries of their daily time spent on the platform, the number of times they opened the app and a breakdown of daytime and nighttime usage. Users can opt-in for weekly notifications to review their screen time dashboard.
TikTok option break user scrolling

The company also said it will issue users between the ages of 13 and 17 “digital well-being prompts” when they have used the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day. The prompts will “remind them of our screen time limit tool the next time they open the app,” Furlong wrote.
TikTok option break user scrolling

The updates come after months of pressure on social media companies to do more to help users’ well-being in the digital age, and as lawmakers and advocates increasingly scrutinize platforms’ mental health impacts on younger users. 

Source: Agencies

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