Only a few weeks ago the San Francisco Bay Area was hit by what many were predicting would be the “storm of the century”. We were warned via all the traditional media to expect intense rain, flooding, horrible traffic, basically the end of civilization.
When it hit, though it did mess up traffice, ad cause flooding in areas prone to this, the storm as a whole was no where near the worst. Only two years ago, we were hit by a much worse system. Yet, that storm was not promoted the extent this one was, in part because only the traditional media sources really promoted it.
This time we learned of the storm through tweets, Facebook pokes, and comments (I wish they’d add gooses too), emails, texts, Skpye calls, blog posts and al kinds of prods and nudges that the virtual word offers. Plus, if you happend to be a dedicated geek, you would get these on your phone, tablet, computer (both desktop and laptop), watch, glasses, earbuds, and maybe even rectal implant (gulp!).
On the one hand, it is good to stay in touch and be aware of whats going on around us. But, whenever I install a new APP and suddenly my watch (a Pebble which support notificatios) starts letting me know that somebody else has a higher score than I do in Candy Crush, I ask myself if this has really gone too far.
Yes, I can just disable the notifications of that, but shouldn’t the default for a lot of this extraneous stuff be NOT to notify you of useless notices
Just a thoughts.