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A plethora of notification systems

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While on my honeymoon for two weeks in France, I stayed away from social media. I even stayed away from all forms of the news online or on the TV. It was simply living life without any sort of media. They only entertainment I had was conversations with my new wife and experiencing the city (Paris) around us.

Coming back and working at a media syndication company, there are some differences impressing against my observations how of we live in the digital age versus just simply living life.

One thing that kinda surprised me when I got back in front of my computer was the sheer volume of how many notification systems we use.

  • Email
  • Text messages
  • Whatsapp
  • Voicemail
  • Instant messages (Google Talk, AIM)
  • Push notifications on mobile
  • Push notifications on desktop
  • Messages on Facebook
  • Notifications on Facebook

We have a steady steam of various locations that we regularly check, ALL THE TIME. That is a lot of channels to tend to. It’s really cool to have all these ways to be connected, but part of me wonders how about connecting to the environment around us? Staring out a window instead of staring at the window on our device. Feeling the concrete beneath our feet instead of the plastic device in our hands.

I’m sounding like an old fart, but having nothing to do but enjoy the moment of where you are at was very refreshing. It makes me continue to ponder the effect of chasing after tending to our various notification lists.

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Amanda Bagus
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I think about this all the time, Matt! Sometimes all the notifications are overwhelming! (And I just sent you one by commenting)

Glad you enjoyed some alert-free time 🙂 looking forward to hearing all about it!

Peter
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I bet it had to have been really nice to unplug. Have you found it difficult “replugging” back in?

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