TikTok launches alerts to limit its addiction

The video application is rolling out a new feature from July 4, dubbed “screen time break”. This tool allows “to control the time spent on TikTok” after a “period of uninterrupted screen time”, details the company in a Tweet published on July 4. It is now possible for everyone to define their maximum screen time for a single user session.

The feature allows you to choose between 10, 20 or 30 minutes of uninterrupted use or even a custom duration. When the previously chosen length of time is reached, a notification reminds you of the need to take a break to “help pay attention and find your balance on Tik Tok”, specifies the company. But unfortunately, this option is disabled by default, and it is up to the user to enable it manually through the settings.

This new feature was announced in early June. It completes the first measures already taken to call for disconnection. For example, it is also possible to define a daily usage time for the app. In the same perspective, Tik-Tok launched the “dashboard” functionality.

It allows you to display the daily time spent on the application, the detail of the use between day and night, but also the number of openings of the application. TikTok had announced that it wanted to decline weekly messages to its youngest members.

The application states in this sense that “when a user aged 13 to 17 has used the application for more than 100 minutes in a single day, we will remind him of the possibility of accessing our time limitation tool. screen the next time they open the application.

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A year ago, the Chinese application exceeded one billion users, quickly establishing itself as a major player in the social network. According to App Annie, TikTok is the most downloaded app of 2020, with the longest streaming time among all other apps. This is why parents’ associations and health professionals regularly denounce the addictive effects that the platforms cause via their recommendation algorithms.

In the United States, complaints have recently been filed against Facebook and Instagram, accused of deliberately making young people addicted.