BING! BLOOP! DING! How do you handle notification overload?

Visionblue

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Jun 16, 2013
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So as my technological ecosystem is continuously expanding, I've noticed a new phenomenon in where I feel overwhelmed by all of my notifications; not that I get a lot of different notifications but rather the alert on every device of the same notification. If someone sends me an e-mail my macbook pings, then my iPhone, then my Nexus 7, then push bullet send the notification from my Nexus 7 to chrome on my macbook. Then the same e-mail arrives in my mailbox app on my phone and my gmail app. It's an almost ridiculous symphony of beeps and bloops and I've usually addressed said e-mail before all of my devices are finished singing.

I'm not complaining; I realize I'm in total control of the situation. Though I'm more procrastinator than organizer, I could easily select which device gets which notification. When I'm out of the house this is of course not as big of a deal as usually I'm only carrying my phone.

I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced this sensation? And what tactics do you use to detour it? Or does it not bother you?

Let me know your thoughts on notification overload.
 

jamesrick80

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Sep 12, 2014
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So as my technological ecosystem is continuously expanding, I've noticed a new phenomenon in where I feel overwhelmed by all of my notifications; not that I get a lot of different notifications but rather the alert on every device of the same notification. If someone sends me an e-mail my macbook pings, then my iPhone, then my Nexus 7, then push bullet send the notification from my Nexus 7 to chrome on my macbook. Then the same e-mail arrives in my mailbox app on my phone and my gmail app. It's an almost ridiculous symphony of beeps and bloops and I've usually addressed said e-mail before all of my devices are finished singing.

I'm not complaining; I realize I'm in total control of the situation. Though I'm more procrastinator than organizer, I could easily select which device gets which notification. When I'm out of the house this is of course not as big of a deal as usually I'm only carrying my phone.

I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced this sensation? And what tactics do you use to detour it? Or does it not bother you?

Let me know your thoughts on notification overload.
Widgets and multiple email applications is how I handle it.....
 

Black Magic

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Sep 30, 2012
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So as my technological ecosystem is continuously expanding, I've noticed a new phenomenon in where I feel overwhelmed by all of my notifications; not that I get a lot of different notifications but rather the alert on every device of the same notification. If someone sends me an e-mail my macbook pings, then my iPhone, then my Nexus 7, then push bullet send the notification from my Nexus 7 to chrome on my macbook. Then the same e-mail arrives in my mailbox app on my phone and my gmail app. It's an almost ridiculous symphony of beeps and bloops and I've usually addressed said e-mail before all of my devices are finished singing.

I'm not complaining; I realize I'm in total control of the situation. Though I'm more procrastinator than organizer, I could easily select which device gets which notification. When I'm out of the house this is of course not as big of a deal as usually I'm only carrying my phone.

I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced this sensation? And what tactics do you use to detour it? Or does it not bother you?

Let me know your thoughts on notification overload.
I can only speak for my Apple devices but I go into notification center and really get granular with each app notification wise. Only important events and stuff I want notification on so I can minimize the "noise" most of the time. Other than that, it's just something you get used too.
 

Altis

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On my iPhone, I go into Settings->Notifications. Go through the apps that are there, and for any that you find comes in too often, disable the sound.

I leave the sound for the main things (mail, messages, Calendar).

If you're like me, you check your phone enough that you'll see them.

You can also reduce the frequency that your phone checks for emails, if you find that you're disrupted by the alerts too often.

I sometimes get overwhelmed by text messages especially, and just have to silence the phone and check it regularly instead.
 
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