time well spent

Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

If I watch a Story cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook on either of the apps, it should appear as “watched” at the back of the Stories row on the other app. Why waste my time showing me Stories I
Camp Grounded Digital Detox returns after founder’s death

Camp Grounded Digital Detox returns after founder’s death

Summer camp for adults and beloved tech-free weekend getaway Camp Grounded ground to a halt in 2017. Its big-hearted founder, Levi Felix, who’d espoused the joys of trading screens for nature walks,
Instagram tests hiding Like counts globally

Instagram tests hiding Like counts globally

Instagram is making Like counts private for some users everywhere. Instagram tells TechCrunch the hidden Likes test is expanding to a subset of people globally. Users will have to decide for
Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

Silicon Valley’s competing philosophies on tech ethics with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

“If Silicon Valley is going to keep telling itself the story that the only uses of their technology will be the most optimistic, the most hopeful, the most salubrious, the most prosocial,” New Yorker
Facebook tries hiding Like counts to fight envy

Facebook tries hiding Like counts to fight envy

If their post has lots of Likes, you feel jealous. If your post doesn’t get enough Likes, you feel embarrassed. And when you just chase Likes, you distort your life seeking moments that score them, or
Stop Impulse Shopping By Converting Prices to Time

Stop Impulse Shopping By Converting Prices to Time

Whenever I consider getting takeout for lunch or running out for a latte during the workweek, I often pause to think about how much time it will cost me—not the time away from my desk, but rather the
Facebook may finally let you turn off those annoying notification dots

Facebook may finally let you turn off those annoying notification dots

Sick of those anxiety-inducing red dots constantly appearing on the Groups, Watch, or other tabs in your Facebook app? Well the social network may be easing up a little in its unending war for your
Your phone isn’t really spying on your conversations—the truth might be even creepier

Your phone isn’t really spying on your conversations—the truth might be even creepier

A former Google ethicist explains how those super-targeted ads know what you're talking about.
17 small upgrades and new habits that changed our lives in 2018

17 small upgrades and new habits that changed our lives in 2018

The most meaningful changes we make in a year often bear no resemblance to the grandiose resolutions we made at the year’s start. We don’t…
We know how much work suffers when you’re up too late on your phone, thanks to the NBA

We know how much work suffers when you’re up too late on your phone, thanks to the NBA

Though we know that late-night screen time is bad for our sleep, health, and productivity, scrolling through social media before bed is a frustratingly difficult…
Facebook starts rolling out dashboard to show how much time you waste on it every day

Facebook starts rolling out dashboard to show how much time you waste on it every day

Facebook first announced the "your time on Facebook feature" in August, but said it encountered some bugs in the process of rolling it out.
Facebook and Instagram now show how many minutes you use them

Facebook and Instagram now show how many minutes you use them

It’s passive zombie-feed scrolling, not active communication with friends, that hurts our health, according to studies Facebook has been pointing to for the last seven months. Yet it’s treating all
Facebook and Instagram add activity trackers to help you limit your time on social media

Facebook and Instagram add activity trackers to help you limit your time on social media

Instagram and Facebook are encouraging users to think more carefully about how much time they’re spending on their apps with the launch of new activity-tracking tools. Today, Facebook announced that
Instagram adds Q&A feature to Stories

Instagram adds Q&A feature to Stories

Instagram is encouraging people to use Stories to talk to their friends with the introduction of a new question and answer feature. Called the questions sticker, it will be available as part of

Instagram’s Do Not Disturb and ‘Caught Up’ deter overgramming

Instagram is turning the Time Well Spent philosophy into features to help users avoid endless scrolling and distraction by notifications. Today, Instagram is rolling out its “You’re All Caught Up –
Facebook’s ‘keyword snooze’ hides phrases from your News Feed for 30 days

Facebook’s ‘keyword snooze’ hides phrases from your News Feed for 30 days

Facebook announced today that it is now testing a Keyword Snooze button, which will allow users to hide TV spoilers, political discussions, or other unsatisfying posts from their News Feeds more
Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it

Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it

Are you ready for some scary numbers? After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits,” Facebook is preparing to turn that

First look at Instagram’s self-policing Time Well Spent tool

Are you Overgramming? Instagram is stepping up to help you manage overuse rather than leaving it to iOS and Android’s new screen time dashboards. Last month after TechCrunch first reported Instagram
Apple unveils new Do Not Disturb features and app limits to help break tech addiction

Apple unveils new Do Not Disturb features and app limits to help break tech addiction

Apple today became the latest tech company to unveil a slew of new settings and tools that will help users limit how much time they’re spending on devices and apps. The announcement was made onstage
Instagram adds option to mute posts in your feed

Instagram adds option to mute posts in your feed

In the coming weeks, Instagram users will have another way to control which posts they want to see in their feed and when, thanks to the introduction of a new mute feature. Users already had the