Instagram is the app that keeps us updated with the daily happenings around the world. Sharing images, posting new thoughts, talking about the latest update of brands, showing pictures from weekends, and posting many things has become a trend which keeps us connected with existing followers and new community.
People nowadays have the habit of going through their Instagram feed almost every hour. There is always keenness to see what is new in other’s lives, in terms of stories, photos, videos, direct messages, following new people or attaining new followers. This app has now become a blessing in disguise. Where it was meant for only entertainment purposes, it has become a major resource in our lives to stay updated-Instagram has almost become a habit and an addiction.
It is always important to control your addictions on time before it is too late. This is why Instagram helps you to keep a check on your activeness on a day to day basis. With the advancement of the features in this app, one must make use of all the options that it provides to us. This is also an advancement in the steps to promote the better mental well-being of the people.
Instagram provides us the feature of checking how much time do we devote to it on a daily basis and gives us the advantage of getting us notified when we have overused it. Let us see how this is done.
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Open the Instagram app on your phone by clicking the icon which is square and multi-colored, with a white colored camera inscribed in it.
If you have not logged in already, enter the details by either typing in your phone number, email id or username and further type in your password. If you don’t have the app in your phone, you can download it from App Store (for iOS) and Play Store (for Android).
After opening the Instagram app, you have to tap on the "Humanoid" icon, which would be located at the bottom right of the screen, this will take you to your profile.
There are two different ways through which you can go to the "Your Activity" option. (It completely depend if you have updated the Instagram app or not).
After opening your profile, you need to look for the "Hamburger" icon represented with the three horizontally lines.
Once you tap on the "Hamburger" icon, you will see "Your Activity" option just below your email address. Tap "Your Activity," a table will appear, henceforth that has kept the records of your activeness on the app for a week.
You can get to the "Your Activity" option through the "Settings" option.
After tapping on the icon, you will see another "Settings" icon(a wheel-shaped icon) at the bottom of your screen, which will take you to the settings of your profile. There you will see a list of options, where "Your Activity" option would be located at the second number just below the "Follow and Invite Friends" tab.
The table will show your weekly participation on this app, the average number of hours you have spentin a day on Instagram would be represented by the bar blue bar graphs accordingly.
The feature of Instagram is available as a dashboard and shows you the time you have spent in the app over the last week (7 days), with an approximation of the average time spent every day. Moreover, you can also set a daily time limit for the app as per your convenience; if you cross it, Then you will get an alert notification through Instagram. But, here the difficult part is acknowledging the alert, and actually closing the app and going outside for a change.
The other best of the dashboard is that it has a feature that gives you a liberty to choose which notifications you want to receive and also allows you to mute push notifications. This new feature is a welcome addition as Instagram has had a quite conflicting history with social media addiction.
In 2018, a survey was conducted by a research center which noted that Instagram was the worst and terrible social media giant for users' mental health. The survey showed the data, which clearly says that the app was associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, and bullying.
However, as of now, all the options that are available to us should be made the best use, so that one can control their engagement on social media. It is never wrong to scroll through the stories of the posts that our acquaintances post, one should know how to balance these things, as too much of anything is always harmful.