Google today extends YouTube's set of "digital wellbeing" tools, with an additional feature that calculates how much you watch videos. The idea is that this will give users better control over display behavior and set limits for their time spent on YouTube using other app features that remind you to take a break. The "Time Watched" feature, which rolls out today, will inform YouTube users about how much they've seen today, yesterday, and the last 7 days, YouTube says.
The company, together with Apple and Facebook, has recently begun to take responsibility for the addictive nature of their devices and services designed to exploit vulnerabilities in human psychology and now face unintended consequences of these decisions.
On Google, the company now captures digital well-being over its products, including Android, Gmail, Google Photos, YouTube, and other places.
At its Google I / O Developer Conference earlier this year, it introduced a number of controls for YouTube viewers, including reminders to stop your view ("Take a Break") and those who would like to disable alert sounds for periods and allow you to receive alerts as a digestion.
Then Google said it was "soon" to prepare to roll out a "Time Wa tched" profile that will appear in the Account menu. That's what's new today.
When the feature arrives, you can visit your profile in the account menu to view your stats, including time shown over different timeframes as your daily average. This information is calculated from your YouTube title history, says the company.
This means that if you have deleted videos from your history or viewed in incognito mode, the view will not be counted. Additionally, if you stop your story, you will not be able to track your stats.
It was basically unclear whether YouTube TV watch history is spoken. A screenshot shared by Google today says it's not YouTube Music. The answer to the Google Help Help Center Google, which is linked to a blog post, says it is.
Google first told us that YouTube TV was not spoken, and later directed itself to say there was an error after we published. YouTube TV view is actually counted, confirms a spokesperson. The company is now making the necessary corrections as a result of our inquiry.
It's unfortunate that YouTube TV counts, since it's really watching TV – something that's linked to longer programming blocks, and more time spent. At least this should be broken apart from YouTube itself.
YouTube responded that TV time is currently included because its use was included in the main program's history section. Over time, the company intends to make changes so that it is no longer considered. But it does not have a time frame for removal.
The new feature is rolling out, starting today, tells YouTube.
Updated 8/27/18, 12:00 ET with Google's correction for incorrect information.