On Thursday, Instagram announced its latest feature, “Quiet Mode,” designed to help users focus and set boundaries with their followers.
The feature will send an auto-reply to followers who try to message you, letting them know you didn’t get notifications for their messages. Additionally, the profile’s activity status will change to remind followers that Quiet Mode is on. The update is one of several changes coming to Instagram today, including expanded parental control tools and other tools for managing recommendations. Its parental controls feature allows parents to filter out posts containing specific words in titles and hashtags. Instagram already allows users to filter out DMs with homemade lists of potentially harmful or offensive content. Still, the expanded filtering options will enable users to tailor their feeds more granularly than before.
While anyone can access the feature, the company said it will prompt teenage users to enable it if they use the app late at night. Social media addiction is a behavioral disorder in which young people become so addicted to social media that they are unable to reduce or stop their online media consumption despite clear negative consequences and serious downsides. A new report finds that the average U.S. teen spends more than seven hours a day on screen media, and teens spend nearly five hours a day, not including screen use for school and homework, CNN reported. time.
Instagram is one of the top social platforms in the world, with at least 1.44 billion users worldwide as of July 2022. Quiet Mode will be available first in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.