Summary of “Turning off your notifications for 24 hours could change your whole perspective”

Incessant notifications accumulate into a more draining effect.
Phone notifications follow the model of “Random reinforcement”, which is known in psychology to be far more difficult to break free of than regular, expected rewards.
One study found that p.eople receive, on average, 63.5 notifications per day.
The widespread addiction to these messages is so strong that, when researchers tried to recruit 30 people for an experiment where all phone notifications would be disabled for a week, they simply couldn’t find the participants.
“We started the recruitment, many people declined participation, because they did not want to be without notifications for a whole week,” write researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Spanish telecommunications firm Telef√≥nica in their paper, due to be presented at a conference on computer-human interaction next month.
In the study, participants were less distracted and more productive on their day without notifications.
Two years later, the researchers checked in and found that 13 participants still had different settings; some had permanently kept notifications off for certain apps, while others continued to create their own notification black-outs by turning on the “Do not disturb” setting on a regular basis.
The key idea-that turning off notifications can be psychologically beneficial-should be familiar to many, and a refreshing reminder to those who’ve become inured to the buzzing in their pocket.

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