I’ve recently made the decision to turn off all notifications from my phone, with the exception of the ringing sound when I actually receive a phone call.
It is an incredibly liberating decision. I used to receive hundreds of notifications a day, and my guess was that I checked my phone more than 200 times per day.
Analyzing my behaviour, it felt like this was almost an obsessive-compulsive disorder, and it was having a negative impact on my life.
Now I check my phone every few hours, and I can batch reply to all the messages and notifications as I see fit, and I find that I also use my phone far less than before.
The issue isn’t technology, it is us. We don’t stop to think about how the advancement of technology is not always positive, that what we might gain inconvenience we may lose in other ways.