Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Web Secret 613: Alerts
It is not always an easy task.
I still get Temple University basketball scores flashing across my screen. I have no idea why.
Minimizing your alerts will lead to improved mental well-being and decreased stress.
Be discriminating. Unless you work for CNN, do you need to get breaking news alerts which invariably feature something terrible like coronavirus deaths or some political idiocy?
If you commute, you probably want to know the weather and traffic situation when you leave to go to work and when you leave work to go home. Not throughout the day. And those alerts negatively impact your battery life.
Also, I set my phone so that when I do get alerts, I hear a swooshing sound, not a ding. Much better for the nerves.
The first time I open a newly downloaded app, I will be asked if I want notifications. The answer is always no. Do you need to be alerted that there is a new level of Candy Crush? No.
The sounds of silence.