Not so long ago, Google introduced “Digital Wellbeing” – as part of this initiative, many tools were created to help users spend less time on the phone’s screen and on the Internet. One of these functions is a tool that allows you to set the frequency of reminders about the need to distract from watching videos on YouTube. Now, in conditions of confinement, users have begun to spend even more time on gadgets. In response to new challenges, YouTube developers have added a new feature that reminds the user that it’s time to end watching videos and go to bed.
The new feature is largely identical to the old one with setting break reminders. It allows you to set the time to display reminders. In addition, users are free to decide for themselves whether they want the function to interrupt playback or to allow the video to be watched. The function works like an alarm clock. With the ability to either postpone the reminder for 10 minutes or completely disable it.
YouTube will try to remind you to sleep when it is too late
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The function is available in the settings of the user’s account. If you need it, just go to the settings and find the “Remind me when it’s time to sleep” switch. By the way, users can also set reminders on a mobile device. This, by simply clicking on their profile picture and opening the “View Time” section.
YouTube also talked about the popularity of the “Take a Break” feature. More than 3 billion requests have been recorded since launch.
Google has already released an update for Android and iOS that includes this feature. As always, its distribution will take some time (usually up to a week).
Last month was very special for Youtube. It’s been exactly 15 years since the first video was posted on the platform. An ordinary 18-second short film shot at the San Diego Zoo in California, put online by Jawed Karim, one of the site’s co-founders. We see the young man for a few seconds with an elephant appearing behind him. It was April 23, 2005.
The platform has since exploded. Every month, two billion people connect to it and one billion hours of video are viewed daily. By registering, on February 14, 2005, the domain name YouTube.com, Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, three former PayPal employees, certainly did not imagine the success that their baby was going to have.
Taken over the following year by Google, the YouTube platform has since interfered in people’s daily lives.