Will this new tool cure your social media addiction?
If you find yourself spending way too much time on social media, a new feature could help.
Facebook and Instagram will soon allow users to track their own app usage. This new tool may be a step toward better health for social media enthusiasts.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom announced in an article by Techcrunch that this change will help users gauge how much time they spend online and will even allow them to set their own time limits. Although the feature will not include desktop usage, Systrom is confident that this will be beneficial to the online community.
According to recent research published in the journal Anxiety and Depression Association of America, although social media can reap many benefits, it can also take a toll on your health, which is why this new tool is so important. With the user-friendly and easily accessible feature, users should be able to change their online habits on Instagram and Facebook with ease.
“A healthy mind can lead to a much happier life,” says Dr. Asad Zaman, an internal medicine physician at Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Ill. “Studies are pouring out the information with conclusions, which can be confusing. Some data shows many are benefit ting from social media involvement, as otherwise they’ll be less interactive. On the other hand, there is plenty of evidence of increased anxiety, stress, depression and fatigue due to the effects of social media.”
Dr. Zaman says to stay healthy both mentally and physically, moderation is key.
“This includes our involvement with social media,” he says. “This will not only improve our health but also will influence our next generation in a positive way.”
About the Author
Georgia Gregory, health enews contributor, is a social media intern at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill. She is a senior at Truman State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Public Communication with a minor in Design. In her free time, Georgia enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies and playing the french horn.