Coronavirus lockdown has forced people to stay indoors, and as a result, there has been a spike in the use of social media, especially Facebook. While it’s important to stay connected, there is a time when we get tired of getting notifications frequently. To help people take a break from social media, Facebook has launched ‘Quiet Mode’.
‘As we all adjust to new routines and staying home, setting boundaries for how you spend your time online can be helpful. Whether it’s to help you focus on your family and friends, sleep without distraction or manage how you spend your time at home, we have tools that can help you find the right balance for how you use Facebook,’ the company said in a blog.
The feature essentially mutes notifications for a set time period so you don’t get distracted by the frequent ‘ding’ on your smartphones. If you try to open the Facebook app during the ‘Quiet Mode’ you will be reminded that you have opted to stay away from notifications. You will also be shown the time remaining until you start getting the notifications again.
‘We also added shortcuts to Notification Settings and News Feed Preferences, so you can make the most of your time on Facebook by controlling the type of posts you see in your News Feed as well as the updates you receive,’ Facebook added.
If you have an Android phone, you can also restrict your social media usage by using the Digital Wellbeing feature. Similarly, iOS users can use Screentime to set time limits for apps they spend a lot of time on. Some smartphone makers, like OnePlus have another feature to help people restrict their time on smartphones.
There’s a Zen Mode, that helps users to stay away from their phones for a minimum of 20 minutes. One enabled, the user won’t get any notifications, calls, or messages, and it can’t be disbaled even if a user restarts the phone. Users, however, can make emergency calls and use the cameras to click images.