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YouTube now documents how much of your life you've wasted watching videos

YouTube now documents how much of your life you've wasted watching videos

Google is making a real effort to promote 'digital wellbeing', and YouTube's latest tools are an addition to the plight. 

From now on, YouTube will track how long users spend on the platform. When users open their profile, the time they’ve spent watching videos that day, previous day and over the past seven days is clearly displayed.

The statistics use the users’ watch history, though it is currently unclear whether or not the times will be displayed if the watch history is turned off due to privacy. YouTube Music and YouTube TV do not contribute to the statistics.

Take a break

YouTube now also has a function that'll remind users to take some time out, as well as optional reminders to pause after a long period of watching videos. YouTube notifications can be congested into one big reminder once a day at a time of the user’s choice. 

Users can also put the app in to 'silent mode', disabling all nofications. The default time slot is between 10pm and 8am, but that can be adjusted to fit a user's personal schedule.

"Our goal is to provide a better understanding of time spent on YouTube, so you can make informed decisions about how you want YouTube to best fit into your life." YouTube said in its latest blog post

Image: YouTube blog

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