As a Communication Major, I have made it a habit to have all social media platforms- chalking it up to a good resume builder. While it is not a bad thing to have them and use them, there are many problems that stem from the use of social media. One such problem is the concept of notifications.
Personally, I struggle with notifications. Have you ever found yourself in the middle of doing something when all of a sudden- BING- your phone alerts you with a notification from one of your many apps. What is your first response? If you are anything like me, you reach for your phone to check and see what the notification was for. While sometimes this isn’t a bad thing, overall it takes you away from whatever was happening in that moment. It reminds me of when an owner whistles to their dog to come, and the dog comes right away. Our phones are becoming our “masters” and it is alienating us from living life the way we were meant to.
“Forever is composed of nows.” ~Emily Dickinson
It is obvious that this is a problem, especially for me, but I wasn’t sure how to fix it. While scrolling through Facebook, (of course), I came across a story about a girl who removed notifications from her phone for a month. This peaked my interest and as I read this story, I thought how beneficial it would be for me to try it! The girl said that the first week was the most difficult, since she didn’t have notifications, she found herself checking her phone more often. However, over time she checked it less and less, learning to live in the moment and only check social media or use the apps when she wanted to, not when she felt the need to because of being notified.
My Own Experiment- Today is Day One!
I decided to give this no-notification experiment a try, just to see what would happen. Early this morning, I went through the settings on my phone and turned off notifications for all of my apps except for my alarm clock. I then posted a few things on Facebook and Snapchat. So far, I have found myself constantly checking to see if I have any notifications, and I don’t because they are turned off! I have been able to concentrate more on work since my phone is not going off all morning and I find I check my phone deliberately instead of instinctively. I will keep you all posted on how this is going after a few days of this no-notification experiment!