Worried you’re going mad scrolling through people’s perfect lives for hours on end? You can now set limits on the app itself
Have you ever done that thing where you sit on the toilet and idly start scrolling through Instagram, and then before you know it a huge amount of time has elapsed, your thighs and elbows are nearly fused, you’re 49 weeks deep into the feed of your former flatmate’s ex-girlfriend’s hot cousin and spring has now turned to winter? Us neither, definitely not.
But, just on the off-chance you feel like you’re spending too much time on the app, there’s something you can do.
To get to the activity tracker, go to your profile and tap the three-line hamburger/menu icon in the top right corner, then tap ‘Your Activity’. You’ll see a graph showing your last week’s worth of usage and a daily average, and below that, there’s an option to set a daily reminder. Set that to however long you feel you needn’t be on the ‘gram for, and you’ll be told when you’ve hit that.
It won’t force the app to close, or wrestle your phone from your white-knuckled hands or anything, but it’s something, and a step towards spending less time looking at other people’s seemingly flawless existences and finding your own lacking. While there, you can also set what you do and don’t receive notifications for – do you really need to be told every time your nephew does a live video?
Congratulations, you’re one step closer to normal-length toilet visits!