Why I Go Big On Turning Off My Smartphone Notifications
Technology is amazing. I love technology. I love technology startups and great entrepreneurs who go all-in to make their business a success. Nowadays everyone is using the word ‘innovation’, it has become a buzzword. But it also comes with a price…
A majority of the people have become addicted to their smartphones, myself included. I view it as some kind of escapism. With one click you enter a new reality, you get that instant gratification, a push notification, a stimuli which boost your ego.
It’s fascinating to see that the first iPhone was launched only a decade ago in 2007. It feels like it has been there forever. For children born in this era, using a smartphone has become the norm. We tend to share our lives on social media. The result is that people attach their level of happiness based on whether people like or dislike their stuff. Doing this would mean not living on your own terms. Life is then not happening for you, but to you.
But also for elderly people using a smartphone is the norm. Even my grandma of 91 uses WhatsApp to communicate. Sometimes we talk through but WhatsApp, but I still prefer talking face to face or through Facetime. I want to feel and see emotions when talking to someone. Plus, it helps avoiding miscommunication.
Even at birthday parties or going out for dinner with friends. The smartphone is everywhere. It’s a trend that is happening and probably will increase even more with the upcoming technological innovations.
Turning Off All Notifications
In September I started with the “30 days Notification Free Challenge” from Steve Pavlina. It basically means turning off all your notifications for your apps. For a guideline, please refer to these guidelines for the iPhone and Android
Within a few days I already recognized positive results. My urgency to check apps decreased. It helped me to stay more focused on my tasks, since I wasn’t distracted anymore through notifications. It helped me to get into the flow. It helped me to go back to complete ownership: living on your own terms.
It’s scary in a sense. Because what if you would miss out on that important app? What if you would miss out on that important email? If it would be really important, people would still call anyway. So letting go of that fear was pretty easy.
My advice to you is: try it yourself. Start with a few apps, and gradually start adding more apps. Maybe it works for you, maybe it don’t. But at least you would’ve tried.