Are notifications psychologically invasive?
That's a pretty strong phrase. Makes it sound like notifications are some kind of serial killer in a horror movie or something.
But I think there's a lot of truth to that statement. I have this phrase that I use - notifications are the new nicotine.
I'm a real big fan of turning off notifications for lots of stuff - email, text messages, slack, etc.
I saw a tweet recently that expressed this really well by @karpathy:
"Notifications. Masquerading as tiny and helpful but in reality psychologically invasive and damaging to the brain - interrupting complex thought, forcing (expensive, taxing) context switch, spiking dopamine, making thought reactive instead of proactive."
"Psychologically invasive" is such a strong phrase - but I actually do think they invade your psychology and hijack your brain.
They limit your ability to focus on important work. I think there is a time and a place for notifications but I think the default is that everything is on all the time, constant interruption.
To the extent we can limit those notifications, it will help our sanity and productivity.