There is now a remedy for people who pass the night scrolling idly through their Instagram feeds. Users in the UK, Canada, Ireland, US, New Zealand, UK, and Australia can now access Instagram’s “Quiet Mode,” which was unveiled on January 19, 2023.
According to a post by Meta, the company that owns Instagram, once the function is activated, users won’t receive alerts, their status will change to notify other users that they are in Quiet Mode, and Instagram will automatically reply to any direct messages they receive.
The user will receive a list of all the alerts they missed after turning off the feature, according to Meta. According to a blog post on Meta’s website, the function “helps people focus and to encourage them to set limits with their friends and followers.” Instagram will ask youngsters who use the app excessively to select Quiet Mode at night even though the option is open to users of all ages.
Teenagers have indicated to us that they occasionally want to take time for themselves and maybe seek better ways to concentrate at night, while they study, and during class, according to a statement on the Meta website. Young people’s daily screen time has rapidly expanded during the last few years.
A Common Sense Media study found that between 2019 and 2021, teens’ and tweens’ overall screen use increased by 17%. According to TechCrunch’s analysis of research by Data.ai, Instagram is the most popular app among users aged 18 to 24, thus the rise in usage hasn’t gone ignored by platforms like that one. Features like “Quiet Mode” demonstrate this.
Instagram added “nudges” in June as a way to alert users when they were spending too much time on a certain topic, particularly attractiveness comparison. On its website, Meta stated that 58.2% of respondents in an independent study on the effects of nudges on social networking sites use agreed or strongly agreed that nudges improved their social media experience by assisting users in becoming more attentive to their time on-platform.