Don’t know how many of you have noticed but my Twitter/Facebook activity has come down. I don’t have a top of the drawer phone but a decent one through which I can manage my social feeds at will as it has Push. Come on!
Almost everyone these days carries a phone which has push. Push is omnipresent these days. Started with SMS, graduated to Emails, IMs and Social Networks. It’s important for us to know who is trying to reach us in order for us to respond on time.
Well, I have disabled the the Notifications. It’s been 3 weeks. I do not get any notification for the Twitter mentions, Facebook comments, IMs, WhatsApp and what not. The only notification active on my phone is Email and that too, only because I have my official email id configured on it and I haven’t reached a stage in my career where I can ignore official emails and reply to them at will.
Mind you, I said, push enabled, alerts disabled. 🙂
As a popular telecom company advertises, turn cacophony into symphony. Well, THIS is turning that cacophony into symphony for me.
I choose when to respond, I choose when to have a look at them. It’s me. It is of course something that I did not plan and execute. I got busy with work and these notifications would always annoy by beeping at the most inappropriate of times. So yes, it started by sheer accident but I have decided to keep it like this only now.
How often have you wondered that, Boss, there needs to be a limit to my online activity? How often has your family cribbed that you don’t spend enough time with them? How often has your wife/girlfriend looked at your phone as their rival? We put this Restricted (it’s just a metaphor to show the line between the virtual and the real world) sign always to protect our privacy but somehow the lines get blurred so quickly that you don’t even care. Just like this picture above (I got it from akseabird‘s flickr stream), my sign falls way too often than I would want it to.
Well, disabling alerts has helped me in some way. I don’t need to switch off completely to detox. Infact, I am pseudo switched off always. What’s more, the services are always on. When I check, I have all my notifications there. Pick it up from where you have left. It’s great. I don’t have that itch anymore to check my phone every second. I check it when I want to. Well, I have wrested back some control back from my phone. Yay!
Yes, no alerts is a good thing for this man! 🙂