The Push and Pull of Notifications

Kevin King —  July 31, 2017 — 1 Comment

You are in a meeting and you feel the sweet vibration of your phone. What do you do? Do you slowly slide it out to take a peak? Do you wait until the meeting is over? If you do check, how many times is it just a notification reminding you that your favorite sportsball team scored or that you can once again play a game? Also, do you really think the people in the meeting don’t notice you are checking your phone?

In a recent article in Wired, author David Pierce writes:

PUSH NOTIFICATIONS ARE ruining my life. Yours too, I bet. Download more than a few apps and the notifications become a non-stop, cacophonous waterfall of nonsense.

He goes on to write that the solution is simple:

Kill your notifications. Yes, really. Turn them all off. (You can leave on phone calls and text messages, if you must, but nothing else.) You’ll discover that you don’t miss the stream of cards filling your lockscreen, because they never existed for your benefit. They’re for brands and developers, methods by which thirsty growth hackers can grab your attention anytime they want. Allowing an app to send you push notifications is like allowing a store clerk to grab you by the ear and drag you into their store. You’re letting someone insert a commercial into your life anytime they want. Time to turn it off.

It’s time to be a leader in meetings and kill the notifications. This will help you focus on the ideas being introduced in the meetings. In the end, your team will appreciate that your attention is above the table.

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Kevin King is the Head of Branch and Circulation Services at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library. Previously Kevin led Teen Services at KPL, where he helped build a nationally recognized program. Kevin has presented all over the country on many topics including teen services, innovation, graphic novels, and programming. As a member of ALA, YALSA, PLA and the Michigan Library Association, Kevin has served on various committees and has luckily won a couple of awards. In his spare time Kevin obsesses over the Detroit Tigers, listens to music and does his best to be a kick ass dad to Abigail and Rachael.

One response to The Push and Pull of Notifications

  1. 

    Or alternatively, turn off the sound and vibration from those notifications so that you see them when you want to look at your phone only.

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