‘Digital wellbeing,’ the movement to limit our times on devices so we can focus on other things, has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the past year or two. The concept has grown so far that now even Facebook is trying to get you to stop using Facebook.
Facebook recently Facebook a new feature called ‘Quiet Mode,’ which does pretty much what you’d expect, it limits notifications and the time you spend on the Facebook app.
Facebook says the new feature “mutes most push notifications” and that if you open the app while the quiet mode is activated, “you’ll be reminded that you set this time aside to limit your time in the app.” Quiet Mode also includes shortcuts to notification settings and feed preferences so you can adjust what types of Facebook alerts and posts you see in the first place.
This new feature is still rolling out, but once available can be enabled by clicking to your Facebook settings, then click on “Your Time on Facebook.” Once in quiet mode, you’ll see how much time you have remaining, and you can even schedule the feature to activate during specific hours of the day.
It’s a nice gesture, considering Facebook has been built on user addiction. I’m sure there are better ways to spend your time locked down at home than looking at stale memes on Facebook.