As you know, I have a lot of free time these days. I have no “pressing matters” to speak of. No highly-anticipated emails or phone calls of great urgency or consequence.
And yet, like so many people, my phone has become an extension of my hand, and I constantly check my notifications. Why?
According to this article: dopamine.
This smartphone-hand-involuntary-temptation, or SHIT, as it is commonly referred to in the scientific vernacular, is further discussed in a CBC Spark podcast. I think you’ll find both the article and the podcast interesting. Spark is consistently thought-provoking, and worth your time.
To combat my growing notification addiction, I’ve decided to go
cold cool turkey. I’ve disabled email and non-SMS text messaging on my phone, I’ve deleted the Twitter app, and I’ve hidden the browser icon. What I now have is a telephone (the number to which is known to my wife, my mother, and a handful of close associates), a map, a calculator, and a calendar.
Today was Day 1.
I feel better already.