Instagram announced a new feature called Silent Mode “to help people focus and encourage people to set boundaries with their friends and followers.” According to the company, the feature aims to reduce users’ fears of spending time outside of the app by disabling incoming alerts, automatically replying to direct messages (DMs), and setting an account’s status to ” In silent mode’ to notify followers that the user is not currently active in the app. While the feature is available to everyone, the feature is specifically aimed at teen users.
In a blog post explaining the new features, Instagram mom Meta said teens had informed the company that sometimes they wanted to “take time for themselves and maybe look for more ways to relax at night, while studying and during school.” to concentrate.” The new silent mode is designed to encourage people to spend less time on the app, and the company says it will urge teen users to turn on silent mode at night through in-app prompts.
Meta says it developed this feature “to help people focus and encourage people to set boundaries with their friends and followers.” mode. Instagram will also send an automatic reply if someone sends you a DM, according to the company.
In the latest blog post, Instagram also introduced newer ways to manage recommendations and updated parental control tools. Users can now choose to hide multiple pieces of content in Explore at once. Users can also “add a word or list of words, emojis or hashtags you want to avoid”.
“We recently added the ability for parents to see their teen’s Instagram settings, including privacy and account settings. If their teen updates a setting, parents receive a notification so they can talk to their teen about the change. Parents can also now view accounts their teen has blocked,” the post read.
Silent Mode is available to all users in Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the US starting today, with additional regions coming soon.
Nick Clegg, Meta President, Global Affairs tweeted“We will be asking teen users to turn on ‘silent mode’ – teens have told us they are looking for more ways to focus while studying, at school and at night. It’s available today to all users in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and more countries coming soon.”
Instagram has also been trying to develop features to help users manage their time sooner. The app already includes a feature that allows users to know, track and manage their daily time spent on the app by sending them alerts.
The app also offers a feature that allows you to set “take a break” prompts when specific app sessions last for a certain amount of time, as well as tools to pause, snooze, limit, and unfollow pages, groups, and people . help reduce interaction with addictive or otherwise irrelevant messages.