There was once a time when you could forget to check your email or unless you turned on the TV or checked the newspaper, you wouldn't know what was going on in the sports and entertainment world. With the arrival of notifications, whether it's for mail, news, or various apps, it seems like everything is bidding for your attention all the time! There's no rest for the weary as you trudge along your day as notifications constantly beep and come up on your phone. The solution may seem simple: turn them off. It seems obvious, but ironically, if you turn off the notifications on your phone, it makes you feel like there's no point in having the phone in the first place! You feel like you're "out of the loop" and "missing out."
This reveals a deeper reality that we all struggle with: We want to be in the know; we want to be included; we want to be notified; we want to feel important! This fear of missing out is just another way of saying you have a fear of becoming irrelevant. In this fast-moving culture, where it's not only hard to stay relevant with material things like fashion and gadgets, it's almost impossible to always stay relevant with immaterial things like information. in order to be relevant in any industry, there's a need to receive real-time notifications so that you can make relevant decisions based on relevant information.
Is the only answer to live day-to-day with your mind swirling in the sea of notifications and in fear of becoming irrelevant? I say who cares if you fall behind or become slightly irrelevant. There's more to life than having relevant information. There are bigger needs and more important issues that actually require you to slow down. Since almost everything has the option of giving you notifications nowadays, it becomes so important for us filter what we really need to be notified by so everything doesn't become "junk mail."
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