Instagram Tests New “Take a Break” Feature for Digital Wellbeing

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Instagram is testing a new feature and you may be part of the test group.

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced on Monday, Nov. 10 that the social media company is beginning to beta test a new digital wellbeing feature called “Take a Break.”

Photo Credit: Adam Mosseri on Twitter

Just like it sounds, the new feature is designed to encourage users of the app to take regular breaks from the social media platform.

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In a video shared on Nov. 10, Mosseri explains that the new feature is “Opt-in control that enables you to receive break reminders inside the app after a duration of your choosing.” He continued with “What we’re starting to test this week on Instagram is one that I’m personally very excited about. It’s called ‘Take a Break”, and it does what you think it does. If you opt in, it encourages you to take a break from Instagram after you’ve spent a certain amount of time on the app – 10, 20, 30 minutes. We’ve worked with third-party experts and gotten advice on what tups there should be and how to frame taking a break.”

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The “Time for a break?” prompt encourages users to “take a moment to reset by closing Instagram”

  • Take a few deep breaths
  • Writedown what you’re thinking
  • Listen to your favorite song
  • Do something on your to-do list

The new feature is currently in testing for certain users. Mosseri says the company hopes to launch the new feature sometime in December 

Mental Health is important and limiting social media consumption is a great way to take care of your mental health, so do you think this new feature will be useful. Do you plan on using it? Let me know by hitting me up on Twitter or Instagram @MikeStarkCA

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

SpaceHey Brings MySpace Nostalgia

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MySpace is back?!

Yeah, you’re reading that right. Well, not the OG MySpace, but let me explain. On Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, MySpace was trending on Twitter and the reason why is a new site called SpaceHey.

SpaceHey is a social network site similar to MySpace but focuses on privacy and customizability. For those who enjoy nostalgia, this site is for you!

Photo Credit: Screenshot of founder “An” SpaceHey Profile

Some features on SpaceHey include bulletins, blogs, instant messaging, HTML coding, and more. Ah HTML, brings me back to spending hours at a time redesigning my profile. We millennials owe Tom a huge thank you for teaching us how to code.

SpaceHey is NOT MySpace nor was it created by our first friend Tom. SpaceHey was created by “An”, a 19-year-old developer based in Germany and run by start-uptibush labs.

If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to peep the here

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA