Video streaming platform YouTube is introducing new features, and it’s all in the name of providing “a better understanding of time spent on YouTube, so you can make informed decisions about how you want YouTube to best fit into your life”.
YouTube announced on Monday (August 27) that these new features, called “Tools to Take Charge of Your Digital Wellbeing”, will basically help you to monitor how much time you spend on the app, and if taking a break would be necessary.
The app will now provide you with details such as how long you’ve watched YouTube videos over the past 7 days, how long you spent using the app per day and the average amount of time spent on the app during the last week, all of which will be available in YouTube’s account menu.
There will also be an option to set reminders for you to take a break, which you can choose by picking the amount of YouTube time you would like to limit yourself to. Once the limit has been passed, a reminder will pop up on your screen.
If the notifications that YouTube sends you over new videos from your favourite channels are too tempting, don’t fret. You can choose to only receive one notification a day, and you can even choose the time you would like to receive it.
The option to mute all notifications without sound and vibration during specific times of the day is also available.
For some that may be unaware of how much time they spend on social media platforms and the danger that comes with consuming too much, these changes will be of a great help.
As YouTube themselves said, these new tools “help people better understand their tech usage, focus on what matters most and disconnect when needed”.