The problem with these programs, (and, yes, I’m aware that I use the word ‘problem’ lightly world news is over there) is that they rarely make you feel fantastic about yourself. For every run that your fitness app gives you a virtual high five for, there will be many other occasions when you haven’t worked out and you’ll see that little widget glinting at you, reminding you of your failure. You might’ve been ill, or depressed, or busy working on a brilliant new project – the app doesn’t care.
Well not really. I get annoyed a wee bit by some, for example Medium asks if I want to turn on Alerts, now or later? I would like a never button.
But the affordance of a mobile device are worth the odd Notification. Most I’ve turned off, I’ve learnt not to be bothered by unread lables.
This is a device where I can record, in text, audio, video, image and other formats. I can find out almost anything almost instantly almost everywhere.
This is a device which can perform small miracles and if fits in my pocket.
I can turn my phone to airplane mode if I want, I don’t take it into the same room when I sleep.
I am aware that I have a sometimes unhealthy relationship with the notifications I do have on. My work email could probbably wait, but this problem is dwarfed by theÂ positive things I get from that wee device in my pocket.