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Endless scrolling could come to a halt with TikTok’s new time break feature

We’re sure that every TikTok user has fallen into the trap of endless scrolling at some point. The app is now launching a solution to help solve this problem and reduce your screen time.

The video-sharing social media platform has announced the introduction of a new time break feature. This is targeted toward the ‘digital-well-being’ of its users.

How it works

The screen break feature allows you to control the amount of time you spend on the app in a single session.

Featuring custom set time breaks, users will receive a prompt after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time.

This new feature is great for those wishing to reduce their screen time in general or for those wishing to switch off before bed.

Additionally, users will gain access to a new screen time dashboard. This allows you to view the amount of time you spend on the app each week.

Breaking down usage into two categories, the dashboard splits the time spent on TikTok into daytime and night-time usage.

You can also request a prompt from TikTok to remind you to review your dashboard each week. We assume this will be a helpful feature. We all know it’s easy to forget in the sea of things we need to remember.

How the TikTok feature is tailored to a younger audience

It was announced that TikTok will also be introducing weekly digital well-being prompts for its younger audience.

Someone between the age of 13 and 17 will be reminded of the tool after using the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day.

Carolyn Bunting MBE, CEO, Internet Matters, commented: “The research showed that younger users would welcome the introduction of built-in features and settings that prompt them to both think critically about the time that they are spending online, but also encourage them to use settings to actively manage the time they spent on the app.

“It is important that they feel in control of their online experiences and are helped to make considered choices. We look forward to TikTok developing further features that will put children’s wellbeing at the heart of their design choices.”