Google is aware that YouTube sends users down rabbit holes of watching endless videos.
So to help with that, they are introducing a feature that will encourage people to step away from the endless stream of videos, but only if they opt into it.
During Google I/O 2018, the company introduced new “take a break” notifications that will gently nudge users to find something else to do other than watch another hour of YouTube videos.
The new feature is accessible by visiting your profile on the YouTube mobile app and opening the Settings menu.
Under the heading “YouTube” there is a setting labeled “Remind me to take a break.”
The user can choose the frequency with which YouTube delivers this notification: never, or every 15, 30, 60, 90, or 180 minutes.
Below is a picture of what it would look like:
The default setting, of course, is “never” and most people likely won’t go out of their way to set up the notification.
What do you think about this?