by Adam Yardley
YouTube has fast become one of the major players in visual entertainment – streaming movies and TV may be one thing, but home-grown content has been on the rise for over a decade now, and as such, some of the original stars of the platform have gone on to make millions – not bad work at all for appearing on camera every so often! The YouTube brand was bought by Google some time ago and since then, it’s been rolled out to integrate with a number of services and platforms – and it’s often seen by many as not just a social network of sorts, but also as a genuine competitor in the face of network TV and the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and otherwise.
YouTube, too, appears to have taken the tack of allowing users to claim some form of responsibility over how they are using and enjoying their services. Facebook and Instagram have recently made moves in the direction of trying to dissuade their users from growing dependent upon their software (a move which, on paper, may seem a little counter-intuitive to some) – and everyone’s favorite video-sharing network may be travelling a similar route. A new feature, rolled out via the ‘settings’ tab of the brand’s various apps, will now allow you to see just how much you’ve been using the service in recent days and weeks.
▶ YouTube Allows Users to Track Time Spent on Platform
You’ll now be able to see how much time you’ve spent watching videos on YouTube per day – while there’s no plans afoot for a ‘lifetime’ total for real data nerds, this information may at least prove popular for those who are either trying to cut down on the amount of time they spend watching videos online – or perhaps for concerned parents attempting to curb their children’s viewing habits for the better.
It’s all part of an initiative apparently set up by Google to help improve our ‘digital wellbeing’. You’ll not only be able to see how much you’ve watched in previous days, but you’ll also be able to set yourself reminders to take a break – and stops on autoplay features, too. While Google obviously loves the idea of people using YouTube, it appears this is the latest in a recent spate of ‘responsible’ app settings springing up across our devices. Will the new features help to curb your video watching habits? Let’s see!