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A New Tool Will Reveal The Embarrassing Amount Of Time You Spend On Instagram

Esquire (UK) logo Esquire (UK) 16/11/2018 Nick Pope
a close up of a sign: A new feature is taking action on your social media addiction © Getty Images A new feature is taking action on your social media addiction

Sit down and remain calm. Your phone apps are conducting an intervention. They’re just worried about you, is all. No healthy man should be able to get through that many Instagram Stories in a single toilet session.

So they’ve rolled out a new digital detox feature, seemingly against their own best interest, to loosen the photo app’s grip on your leisure time. ‘Your Activity’, first announced in August, will allow you to monitor your usage and limit the notifications you receive.

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Not everyone has it just yet, but it’s only a matter of time. The dashboard, which you’ll find by clicking on the hamburger icon found at the top right of your screen, will tell you how much time you’ve spent on the app over the past week and provide a daily average.

a screenshot of a social media post: Instagram New Tool Will Limit Your Instagram Usage © Instagram Instagram New Tool Will Limit Your Instagram Usage

You’ll be able to set yourself a limit, and the app will remind you when you’ve reached it. You can also tinker with your notification settings so that you aren’t constantly bothered by pointless noise (Harry hasn’t posted in a while? Good! Harry's awful!)

Check out your app now and prepare to feel ashamed.

Related: How To Stop Social Media From Ruining Your Life One Step At A Time (Elle UK)

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