Apple, Android and Instagram are all releasing new features to help users strike a better balance with screen time

Tech companies are starting to realize that their products are taking a toll on users’ health—and a few of them are doling out features to help people find a better balance between devices and life. The newest is Apple’s Screen Time function, launching with iOS 12, which is joined by Android P’s Shush and Wind Down modes. The Screen Time feature will allow Apple users to monitor how much time they spend on each app and view weekly breakdowns of usage habits. Like the new dashboard on Android’s software update, people can set time limits on each app and be notified when time is up (although they can still opt for more.)

Instagram also had to double down on mental health when faced with backlash for its negative repercussions after a study ranked it the worst social media platform for anxiety and depression. In April, the company announced a new Wellness Team dedicated to making the Instagram community a safe space. More recently, it added a mute button similar to Facebook’s unfollow. This way users can “mute” friends whose posts they don’t want in their feed without having to stop following them.

As users gain awareness of the negative effects that spending excess time on devices and apps can have on their physical and mental health, the demand for these features will keep on growing, and tech companies will have to respond accordingly.

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Tech companies are starting to realize that their products are taking a toll on users’ health—and a few of them are doling out features to help people find a better balance between devices and life. The newest is Apple’s Screen Time function, launching with iOS 12, which is joined by Android P’s Shush and Wind Down modes. The Screen Time feature will allow Apple users to monitor how much time they spend on each app and view weekly breakdowns of usage habits. Like the new dashboard on Android’s software update, people can set time limits on each app and be notified when time is up (although they can still opt for more.)