I’ve been a nerd for as long as I can remember. If you had told me back in high school that I would have the internet in my pocket fifteen years later, I would have been overjoyed! Nothing bad coudl come of that! Could it?
It is becoming clearer and clearer to me and many others that our phones play in to the human predilection for getting hooked on things a little too well. Babies are missing out on mirroring their parents, because they have their noses stuck to Google or Facebook. Our brains never get to fantasize, focus or imagine because we might miss a tweet or a news notification. And! And! And we need to stop.
While I occasionally half jokingly wish I was a Luddite, I’m actually not. I want my iPhone along most of the time. I’d love an Apple Watch. My iPad is doing a good job making sure my house isn’t just full of bookcases. Et cetera. But, ever since I’ve become more and more immersed in the Mind-Body world, I’ve noticed a greater need for non-electronic things. Not so much for them being electronic (even though I firmly belive we should teach are kids fucking longhand still!), but because they all give me various notifications.
On my iPad and MacBook I’ve taken to basically always have Do Not Disturb turned on. And on my iPhone I am experimenting with having only very few apps allowed to push notify me. And it is actually better! True, I don’t read as many news stories anymore. But I feel better, and the world feels like a less shitty place!
I’m still experimenting with this. But I think especially for those of us who have really have little choice but to accept the mind-body thinking because of chronic pain, or depression or what ever it might be, this is an area to explore more thoroughly.
This article had a few great tips, and I think the idea to only let humans, not machines, have access to push their way into you consiousness is a pretty good place to start.
To change what gets pushed through and how on iOS look for Notifications in Settings. For more in-depth tips on how to do this, check out this article on iMore.