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

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Visionblue, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Visionblue macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    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.
  2. Switchback666 macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2012
  3. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Widgets and multiple email applications is how I handle it.....
  4. Black Magic macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    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.
  5. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    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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