In reality, though, not every gig is your dream job, but rather a way to pay bills, gain experience, have health insurance, and so on. When work feels like a struggle, it’s helpful to remind yourself that you took this job to fulfill those particular needs.
The clearest outcome of these notifications is that they keep us engaged with our devices. Many neuroscientists and psychologists are worried about the negative effects of this technology, from the way smartphones appear to affect our ability to concentrate to the potential correlation with rising rates of mental illness and suicide in teens. There’s also a fair amount of research detailing how notifications themselves distract users or even cause stress, as I’ve written about previously.
We ignore a shepherd who always sows panic just like we ignore a bell that always rings. Anti-notifications that solely aim at increasing engagement without providing personal value work the same way. They’re a powerful tool to increase engagement in the short-term, but they might very well be what makes the entire notification bubble burst.