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How to stop the madness of notifications
Digital devices love to interrupt us with updates; should you shut them off?
Posted: 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015
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By Omar L. Gallaga - American-Statesman Staff


As this sentence was being written, about a dozen notifications just happened.
It used to take some effort to get machines to tell us stuff. A digital alarm clock wouldn’t wake you until you told it what time, down to the minute. If a phone automatically started telling you what appointments to expect that day and how the weather would be, you called an exorcist (from another phone).

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But we’ve come to take for granted that our ever-smarter tools (phones, computers, email) and even those with modern brain transplants (TVs, refrigerators, cars) are telling us stuff all the time. Honestly, you can’t shut them up. They feel you must know how many emails have arrived since the last time you checked, whether it’s time to change the water filter, who’s replied to a Facebook post you commented on last week.

If you wanted to lump all these messages together, you could just call them “notifications,” which is a catch-all term if you own an Apple or Android phone. In recent years, the way phones and tablets organize all of the alerts and updates from different apps into one neat, front-and-center, at-a-glance display has become a major mobile feature. A well-organized set of notifications can make you feel like you’re on top of what’s going on and plugged into the now. A messy notifications list is a pirate ship plank’s walk into deadly, chaotic seas.

Notifications, though, are part of a larger problem: interruptions.

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