After recognizing that it is important some times to take a break from social media not only for spending time with family or productivity, but also for mental health reason, Facebook has introduced a new “Quiet Mode” timer to help reduce your time on the Facebook app. Enabling Quiet Mode will mute notifications for the time you specify.
This new feature is a silent mode which cuts off push notifications. The company specifies that this concerns “most notifications”, but for now, we don’t know which ones can be exempted and can always be received.
Facebook’s Quiet Mode Mutes Push Notifications
This mode, which can be activated manually or configured to be activated daily for a certain period, will also display a message on the screen when you open the Facebook application. The user is warned that the silent mode is activated with a timer indicating the remaining time. You can touch the button displayed at the bottom of the screen to go to the settings and make adjustments.
According to the social media giant, shortcuts to notifications and news feed settings has been added to easily control what you see when you open the app.
Silent mode is available from today on iOS and Android. You have to open the Facebook application, touch the three horizontal bars in the navigation bar. Then go to the “Your time spent on Facebook” section to find it. The social network warns that this is a gradual deployment and that some people do not have the silent mode today. It will actually be available to everyone in May.
There’s no doubt that the capacities of several online services are currently being stretched to their limits. Netflix, TikTok, and even YouTube have already lowered their default stream quality in a bid to compensate for additional traffic. Not also leaving Facebook behind in the same light, who has indeed struggled with keeping its fire burning. Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp (all owned by Facebook) have also seen increased usage as people use their communications features to stay in touch with loved ones.
Alternatives To Quiet Mode
If you feel like going beyond monitoring your time on only Facebook, Digital Wellbeing on Android or Screentime on iOS is always there to set daily time limits for apps you spend a lot of time on. With more of us working from home, its easy to get distracted if we don’t keep tabs on ourselves.