Instagram, which is under the parent company Meta, on Thursday announced a new update on the app called “quiet mode,” to help users focus and set boundaries with friends and followers.
When the option is enabled, all notifications will be paused, and the profile’s activity status will change to ‘In quiet mode.” If someone sends a direct message during this time, Instagram will automatically send an autoreply notifying the sender that “quiet mode” is activated.
The social app is pitching this new feature aiming to assist users, particularly teens, with studying by allowing them to set a daily time limit on their usage. The feature will be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, with plans to expand to other countries in the future. The company suggests that users turn on the feature when they spend an excessive amount of time on the app late at night.
“These updates are part of our ongoing work to ensure people have experiences that work for them, and that they have more control over the time they spend online and the types of content they see,” the company said in a blog post.
Instagram is updating its parental supervision tools, too. When a teen updates a setting, parents can receive a notification so they can talk to their teen about the change. Parents will also be able to view accounts their teen has blocked.