I have a problem. Maybe an addiction. And I’m not happy about it. But I think I know how to fix it.
My problem is social media notifications. I hate them. Every time I open my phone I have something like 3 new notifications – and I probably open my phone 50 times a day. That’s 150 notifications – which sounds like an exaggeration, but I don’t think it is. When I see a notification, I have a burning curiosity to see what it’s about. Then, once I read it, I either disrupt whatever I’m doing to answer it, or I leave it. If I leave it, then I either forget about it (sorry to the people on the receiving end who think I’ve fallen off the earth) or I spend an excessive amount of time obsessing over how to answer it. It makes me somewhat of a nervous wreck, and it’s not healthy at all.
So what to do about it? Last year I disabled all notifications for email, YouTube, and google hangouts. I still check them periodically and keep up with them, but I do it when I have time – not when I see a notification in the middle of something! I recently got Facebook and Instagram. And I’m fed up with getting notifications ALL DAY LONG. SO! Facebook, Facebook messenger, and Instagram notifications are all disabled on my phone. If someone absolutely has to reach me, they can text or call. And if they’re being annoying, I can disable those notifications too (although I haven’t had to do that yet – but I will, if necessary). It’s not that I’m against social media – it’s a great way to learn, and I love connecting with people. It’s just that I need a life – and answering notifications during all my waking hours does not count as a life. So don’t think I don’t care about answering people or looking at the things they share. I love connecting with people, and family and friends are high on my priority list!! I’m just over doing it all day.
Okay. I’m done with my rant. Maybe you want to go disable your notifications too.