TikTok adds options to encourage users to pause endless scrolling

TikTok plans to roll out new options to encourage users to take a break from the endless scrolling of short videos on the platform amid public pressure for tech companies to tackle excessive social media use . TikTok said in a blog post on Thursday that it would 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 receiving a reminder to take a break. Previously, TikTok allowed users to be notified if they spent more than 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes on the app per day. Related video above: TikTok dethrones Google as the most popular domain of 2021. some uninterrupted screen time, which they can set however they want,” said Jordan Furlong, Product Manager of Digital Wellbeing at TikTok, in the blog post. 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 provide users data on the time they spend 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 choose to receive weekly notifications to check their Screen Time dashboard on a single day Prompts will “remind them of our Screen Time Limit tool the next time they open the app” , Furlong wrote. I don’t know how TikTok decided on 100 minutes as the screen time intervention threshold for teenagers. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.) The updates come after months of pressure on social media companies to do more to help users. -being in the digital age, and as lawmakers and advocates increasingly examine the impacts of platforms on the mental health of young users. The heads of TikTok, YouTube and Snap were questioned by senators late last year about the steps their platforms were taking to protect teens. Other social media platforms have already announced similar initiatives. Instagram launched its “Take a Break” tool in December last year.

TikTok plans to roll out new options to encourage users to take a break from the endless scrolling of short videos on the platform amid public pressure for tech companies to tackle excessive social media use .

ICT Tac said in a blog post on Thursday, it will introduce a new option in the coming weeks allowing users to set custom time limits for how much uninterrupted time they want to spend using the app, before being reminded to make a pause. Previously, TikTok allowed users to be notified if they spent more than 40, 60, 90 or 120 minutes on the app per day.

Related video above: TikTok dethrones Google as the most popular domain of 2021

“These prompts will remind people to take a break after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time, which they can set as they wish,” said Jordan Furlong, digital wellbeing product manager at TikTok, in the blog post. 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 provide users with data on the time they spend on TikTok, including summaries of their daily time spent on the platform, the number of times they have opened application and a breakdown of daytime and nighttime use. Users can choose to receive weekly notifications to check their Screen Time dashboard.

The company also said it would send users aged 13 to 17 “digital wellbeing prompts” when they’ve 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. (It’s unclear how TikTok decided on 100 minutes as the screen time action threshold for teens. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

The updates come after months of pressure on social media companies to do more to help user wellbeing in the digital age, and as lawmakers and advocates increasingly scrutinize the impacts of platforms on the mental health of young users. The heads of TikTok, YouTube and Snap were questioned by senators late last year about the steps their platforms were taking to protect teens.

Other social media platforms have already announced similar initiatives. Instagram launched its “Take a Break” tool in December last year.

Lance B. Holton