Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter will join forces to fight online addiction to technology, the companies announced Wednesday.
The two companies will offer free support and education programs to help users stay off their devices and prevent addiction.
They also plan to partner with online communities and companies that can provide training and advice.
The move comes as more Americans struggle to overcome addiction to the addictive apps and services.
The latest survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 40% of Americans said they use at least one of the apps or services, and that the number is expected to climb.
According to a SAMHSA press release, the efforts will be focused on three types of devices: smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Users can log into their apps or websites through a mobile app or through an online tool, and they can set up alerts for the devices they use, according to the release.
Users can also use their social media accounts to report problems with their devices, and if they receive a notification from a device, they can turn off the feature.
“We know there’s a huge need for help to help people stay off addictive technologies, and this new program will be a great opportunity for us to get that help,” said Facebook’s director of global innovation, Ryan Kowalski.
The programs will be available to the public, as well as to existing and potential users, according the release, which also details how to access and set up a free trial of the programs.
In addition to free support, users will also receive free education, including online classes and classes from SAMHSS experts.
They will be able to learn about addiction from experts, including experts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The goal is to make the programs accessible to people across the U.S., not just people with a history of substance abuse, the release said.
According the SAMHPS release, online addiction can have serious consequences for people who struggle with addiction.
About 20% of people who use the apps and platforms report experiencing physical and mental health problems, according a SAMHS study.
“We need to continue to educate and empower people who are addicted to technology to get the help they need to help them stay off these harmful apps and devices,” said Kowalewski.