Addiction, as well as the detrimental effects it has on other aspects of users’ lives, is one of the major downsides of social media. For an entertainment app like TikTok, addiction could be a polite way of explaining how some users spend too much time on the app at the expense of other vital activities they should be doing during the day.
TikTok currently allows users to set a daily screen time limit to help them avoid wasting hours scrolling through the “for you” tab. With a new set of screen-time settings, TikTok addicts will be able to limit their time on the app even more.
The new tools will let people control how much time they spend on TikTok in a single sitting by enabling regular screen time breaks. This means People will be reminded to take a break after a particular duration of uninterrupted screen time, which they can choose.
TikTok’s new screen time dashboard will also include information on how much time its users spend on the app, including daily summaries, the number of times they opened the app, and a breakdown of daytime and nighttime usage. Furthermore, People can also choose to get weekly reminders to remind them to check their dashboard.
“At TikTok, we believe that our digital experiences should bring us joy, entertainment, connection, and enrichment,” a TikTok blog post said.
“Having a positive relationship with digital devices and apps isn’t just about measuring screen time; it’s also about feeling in control of how we use technology and ensuring that the time we spend online contributes positively to our sense of wellbeing.
“That’s why we’re taking several steps today to help support our community’s digital wellbeing as they create and discover on TikTok.”
In addition to those mentioned above, TikTok claims it plans to introduce weekly digital wellbeing prompts for its younger users. “We will remind them of our screen time limit feature the next time they access the app if they have used the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day,” the app added.