At TikTok, we believe that our digital experiences should bring us joy, entertainment, connection and enrichment. Having a positive relationship with digital devices and apps isn't just about measuring screen time, it's also about feeling in control of how we use technology and ensuring that the time we spend online contributes positively to our sense of well-being. That's why we're taking a number of steps today to help support our community's digital well-being as they create and discover on TikTok.
As we encourage people to think more mindfully about developing positive digital habits, we're launching two new practical tools to make it easier for our community to feel in control of their TikTok experience. We already offer daily screen time limits, which help people decide how much time they'd like to spend on our app each day. In the coming weeks, we're introducing a tool to let people control how much time they spend on TikTok in a single sitting by enabling regular screen time breaks. These prompts will remind people to take a break after a certain amount of uninterrupted screen time, which they can set as they choose.
Our new screen time dashboard will also give our community data about how much time they are spending on TikTok, with summaries of their daily time spent on the app, the number of times they opened the app, and a breakdown of daytime and night-time usage. People can also opt for weekly notifications to review their dashboard
To support our community in thinking about their digital habits, we've also published a new guide - How can I reflect on my digital well-being with my family and friends? - on our Safety Centre. The guide encourages our community to reflect more holistically about how they spend their time online – whether on TikTok or elsewhere – and how it makes them feel as they set the boundaries that best suit them.
We'll also be introducing weekly digital well-being prompts for younger members of our community. When someone aged between 13 and 17 has used the app for more than 100 minutes in a single day, we will remind them of our screen time limit tool the next time they open the app.
What our partners and our expert advisors say:
"We appreciate tools that platforms such as TikTok provide users to help them manage and take control of their app and entertainment consumption. We encourage the need to have a balanced approach to screen use. This sort of mindfulness helps tackle issues related to mental and physical health implications for young people, such as physical strain to the eyes, anxiety, impaired socialising skills, information overload and increased risk of obesity." - Lilian Kariuki , Executive Director, Watoto Watch Network, Kenya