I arrived in Amsterdam on April 13 and by the 15th I knew something had to change. It was the NBA playoffs, which meant I was getting semi-frequent text messages during any particularly exciting game. These came between the hours of midnight and eight in the morning for me, which was not a particularly convenient time to have a phone continue to vibrate.

So I turned everything off. My phone was already set to only vibrate with any sort of notification, but I decided to take it a step further. No more alerts, ever.1

It was refreshing and wonderful, my overall usage dropped significantly and it’s about the closest I’d felt to having a land line and an answering machine since, well, I did that for a year back in 2012.2 Since returning to Pacific Standard Time, I still haven’t switched my phone back to any sort of normal, and I can’t imagine why I would.3

  • Seems this is a growing trend and I highly recommend getting on board
  • This was also wonderful and if I ever live in an apartment again I will just throw away cell phones forever.
  • There’s something to be said for the question this introduces into society though: with a new piece of technology that intervenes in communication, how does the social contract get written? Will we all just be shifting through various notions of ‘Responsibility to Reply’ for a generation before what is ‘proper’ becomes the status quo? Or will certain sects of culture require different standards of communication?

push management

11:15 / 29 August 2018
Posted to Life

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