I wrote this for Lifehacker about how all your notifications are LIES and today is a good day to turn off all your notifications, so enjoy: https://lifehacker.com/your-notifications-are-lying-to-you-1829334172
@bethskw Totally agree. One of the first things I do when I set up a new phone or install a new app is pare down the notifications to the bare minimum.
My list is similar to yours -- direct messages from actual people get both visual and audio alerts -- though I do allow visual-only notices on email and social media replies (but not likes or retweets).
. @bethskw I've been doing this for years, but I realized that I am never happy when my phone interrupts me. So I moved to the next level. Do Not Disturb at all times without exceptions.
I will look at my phone once an hour be it to check the time or in order to kill a few moments. It's more than enough to see and respond to the notifications I deem important.
It gives you a bit of time to think about the upcoming interaction too and not get caught by surprise.
@bethskw I'm curious how you view notifications on things like mastodon and decentralised social networks. some of the arguments against notifications don't apply there but is that enough to make them not bad? also, what are the upsides of notifications and how could those be carried over into a reimagining of communication systems (while getting rid of the glaring flaws)?
@bethskw I guess the interrupting quality of push notifications stays. maybe pull notifications are the way to go, with push being reserved for actually urgent stuff?
hmm, but then you might be led to constantly pull even though there is nothing new. remember compulsively refreshing your e-mail inbox every minute?
I guess you're right and granular configurability is the answer. or maybe a (user-happiness first) best-practice can emerge through it.
sorry for rambling^^
@bethskw masto is already doing that pretty well I guess. could use better defaults maybe but the configurability is there for the most part. what it is lacking is some sort of read/unread system that might make pulling(checking) your mentions more frictionless
@bethskw Tangentially - I turned off the automatic sorting/categorizing and most of the rules on my email accounts after your article nudged me to think about *why* I keep most of the subscriptions.
I wiped out the backlog and I'm currently batch processing my email once a day to unsubscribe.