In the last month, I began turning off notifications on my phone.

Last year, it started with WhatsApp groups. If I didn’t, it would’ve killed my battery way earlier in the day.

I’ve had no choice to go this route because as a freelance professional, I find myself taking care of work stuff from my phone quite often. When I have free time, I unmute the groups.

I don’t know why it took me this long, but in the last month, I turned off Instagram (despite only having had them turned on for people I follow) Facebook, and a bunch of other social networking apps (tbh don’t know why I’m still on some of them). It got so bad that while I was busy with work related stuff on my phone, I had to wait for notification banners to go away before I could carry on with the important stuff I was doing.

Most of all, it made me realise:
1) close friends & family are more important than strangers online
2) therefore strangers don’t deserve the same priority
3) I am now spending less time on these networks, which is a good thing
4) I know I’m saving on some battery life
5) Same can be said for data (most noticeable when travelling)
6) I check my phone less often now (never thought I’d get there)
7) It’s great to not be disturbed all the time with notifications. What life is that?
8) I don’t think I’ll be able to turn off Twitter notifications (I don’t want to)

Better to be in control of who can reach you rather than let everyone. For anything important, there’s always picking up the phone and making a call.

Oh, when I’m not in the mood to deal with anything, I just put my phone on airplane mode 😀


About the Author

Always online... except when I'm offline.

Related Posts

Published in City Press Trending. Gender-based violence rocketed, and then disappeared, from news...

I’ve been using iOS 13 for the last week and in keeping with tradition, I’ve made a list of my top...

Great news for all Spotify fans on Android, there is now a lite version of the app. Spotify has...

  1. aasia 13/05/2015 at 13:16 Reply

    well done on putting the phone down. Its tough but can be done. I make sure people have my landline, because when I get home, my phone goes into the room and stays there.

    • Nafisa Akabor 13/05/2015 at 13:59 Reply

      Yes, it definitely can be done. I don’t have a landline.

  2. Mark Patterson 13/05/2015 at 13:55 Reply

    I got rid of all of mine recently when I was travelling 10 hours ahead of RSA time and kept getting woken up in the middle of the night. Left them off except for whatsapp where I only have a few people and the most important one the Load Shedding app

    • Nafisa Akabor 13/05/2015 at 13:59 Reply

      Yes that’s another issue – when you are on a different time zone, which also triggered mine.

  3. Pingback: One month with the Apple Watch

  4. Pingback: Let's talk social media boundaries - Wired to the Web

Leave a Reply