Facebook recognizes that it’s important to take a break from social media not only for spending time with family or productivity but also for mental health. Because of this, it’s added a new “Quiet Mode” timer to help curb your time on the Facebook app. Enabling Quiet Mode will mute notifications for the time you specify.
If you try to open the app during Quiet Mode, you’ll be reminded that you’re still in Quiet Mode with a shortcut to manage its settings. We couldn’t find the new option anywhere on Android, but it may perhaps be available on the iOS version of the app already.
There’s no doubt that many online services are seeing their capacities stretched to their limits. Netflix, TikTok, and even YouTube have already decreased their default stream quality in an effort to compensate for additional traffic. In addition, Facebook has indeed struggled with keeping its lights on. 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.
As a reminder, you can always use Digital Wellbeing on Android or Screentime on iOS to set daily time limits for apps you spend a lot of time on. With more of us working from home, it’s easy to get distracted if we don’t keep tabs on ourselves.