There's no question that Instagram is harmful for teenagers, but even with all of its negative effects, it's still an app that teens use regularly. The Facebook-owned social media platform will soon introduce a new feature that'll help teens "take a break" from Instagram.
Less than a week after whistleblower Frances Haugen testified in front of Congress that according to internal research, Instagram can cause damage to teens' mental health, Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg announced on CNN's State of the Union show that teens will be nudged to "take a break" from social media.
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"We're going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that a teenagers is looking at the same content over and over again, and it's content which may not be conducive to their well being, we will nudge them to look at other content," Clegg said. The feature will be called "take a break," and teens will be prompted to "just simply take a break from using Instagram."
Clegg also said that the company will be holding off on moving forward with an Instagram Kids platform and will be offering optional parental controls to supervise teens while they use the platform.
We love the idea of "take a break" and hope the company will consider offering the feature to grown-ups as well, because most of us certainly need it.