The most-popular app of the first three months of the year 2022 — TikTok — has an important message for its users. The popular Chinese app TikTok wants its users to find other things to do rather than just creating short-form videos or browsing through the app all day. In a message to the TikTok community, the company said that it is taking steps to help users develop positive digital habits. The company is introducing tools that it says are aimed at supporting the digital well-being of its users. “We hope these new digital well-being tools continue to support our community in fostering a positive relationship with TikTok. We will continue to invest in protecting the well-being of people so that our community can feel in control of their TikTok experience and be empowered to express their creativity, make meaningful connections and enjoy culture-defining entertainment,” said the company in a statement.
Set break reminders while watching videos
The first tool will allow users to set break reminders during their single watching session. This means that users will be able to set a time limit that they think is is good enough for single viewing. Once the time limit is reached, a prompt will pop up indicating that its time to take a break.
Screen time dashboard
Another tool is screen time dashboard. The aim of this tool is to allow users to know how much time they are spending on the platform. The data included in the dashboard will comprise summaries of daily time spent in the app, the number of times the app has been opened, and a usage report for both day and night.
Reminders for TikTok users between 13-17 years
TikTok users aged between 13 to 17 years who have used the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day will be reminded that the next time they open the app they can use the screen time limit tool.
As per Sensor Tower, TikTok was the most downloaded app globally during the first quarter of the year 2022. It also became the fifth app in history to record lifetime installations 3.5 billion-plus; the other four apps being — Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger (all from Meta, erstwhile Facebook).
TikTok banned in India
Incidentally, TikTok is banned in India. The app was banned in the year 2020 along with 150-plus other Chinese apps by the ministry of information and technology.