YouTube Introduces Digital Well-being to Track Time Spent on App

Google has added a new tool to YouTube which allows users to track time spent on watching YouTube videos.

More detains on Digital Well-being tools (which track time spent on YouTube) –

The Digital Well-being tools were announced at Google I/O 2018, which are now being incorporated into the YouTube application. This includes an additional feature which gives an estimate amount of time spent by the user in watching videos. It’s also capable of calculating the daily average of a particular user depending on the day-to-day statistics obtained. It calculates the time spent by a particular user over the past 24 / 48 hours (maybe even 7 days).

How does this feature work exactly?

The advanced feature has been incorporated with the aim to allow users having a controlled way of watching the videos. This is done to help the users to have certain time limit in watching the YouTube videos.
YouTube track time spent feature screenshotThis is basically done with the help of the “Time Watched” feature in the Digital Well-being tool of YouTube which may also provide a reminder to help notify the users to take a break in the desired frequency. It aims at restraining the users’ addiction to their respective smartphones. This is done to prevent the users from being negatively affected in any manner.

The “Time Watched” feature appears in the user’s Account menu under their profile. The information obtained from this feature is calculated depending on the user’s YouTube watch history. For videos which have been deleted earlier, would not be erased from watch history. This is also true if any of the videos were watched in Incognito Mode. At times it also works when the user’s history is paused.

The time spent by the user in watching YouTube TV is also counted for obtaining the statistics. This because the watch history includes the usage of YouTube TV as well. However, the company aims to make a few changes. So as to ensure the time spent by the user in watching YouTube TV would not be included in the “Time Watched” statistics.

What is Schedule Digest?

Apart from controlling your time limit on YouTube, there is another feature which is also pretty important.

It goes by the name “Schedule Digest” feature. It’s basically a feature which sends only a single notification for all the users’ subscriptions at a particular time. This would be chosen by the user. This feature is also included in the “Time watched” tab.


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