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How to Regulate Your Own YouTube Consumption

Don't Fall Into the Rabbit Hole
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I'm not particularly proud of the amount of screen time the kiddos have clocked in this summer. Don't get me wrong, we still spend plenty of time playing games and reading books and enjoying the outdoors, but, sometimes; well, Mama has to get work done and the computer/iPad/phone screens get turned on. My little one could and would watch hours upon hours of "LOL Surprise Unboxing" videos if I let her; and I can be just as guilty. It's easy to get sucked in and lose track of time--down the YouTube rabbit hole. 

Fortunately, YouTube is proving they're on our side; and they, too, want to help us, as adults and parents and consumers strike balance. Understanding the complexities families face, the media giant has introduced new tools to help people better understand their tech usage, focus on what matters most and disconnect when needed. You can now find all these new tools in one place, alongside more info about how much time you are actually spending on YouTube. The feature enables and empowers you to make better decisions about how to best fit your viewing time into your families’ lives. Here a few ways you can find this middle ground...

Know how much you actually watch (new!): To give you a better understanding of how much you watch, YouTube has built a profile that’s available in your account menu. This profile tells you how long you’ve watched YouTube videos today, yesterday and over the past 7 days. (No more unboxings for you, little one!)

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Remind yourself to take a break: Once you know how much time you’re spending in the app, you may want to set a limit. It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re having fun, which is why YouTube will help you set up a reminder to take a break. Just head over to your settings and pick the amount of YouTube time that’s right for you. Once you’ve hit that limit, a friendly reminder will pop up on your screen.

Keep it to one notification a day: If you want more control over when you receive notifications from YouTube, you can bundle all of your YouTube push notifications into a single notification each day and set a specific time to receive your digest. Just go to your settings to choose when you’d like to receive your digest, and from then on you’ll only receive one notification per day.

Disable notification sounds and vibrations: Resisting the urge to check your phone when it buzzes is really difficult, and this can make it hard to fall asleep. YouTube recently made a change to send all notifications without sound and vibration between 10pm and 8am. You can, of course, customize the start and end time in your settings.

How to Regulate Your YouTube Consumption

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