A vacation from notifications: Try turning off notifications on a summer trip

Tech Talk Tuesday #25
If you and your family don't want to unplug for your vacation, how
about just turning off notifications instead?

According to a Gallup Poll, 70% of teens check their phone
several times an hour. We know that is true for many adults too. Constant notifications from social sites, texts and more play a big part in this compulsion. 

Snapchat is one of the most popular social media apps for kids and
according to Business Insider:


"A Snapchat insider tells us that the most active Snapchat users get
'hundreds' of Snaps per day. When asked for a more refined number, the
insider suggested that '150 might be a good approximation.' The
average active Snapchat user, meanwhile, the insider estimates, gets
20-50 Snaps per day. The average active user (teenagers), the insider
says, now gets more "Snaps" than texts."

So, if your child gets the average number of Snaps per day, that's a
lot of interruptions and distractions. My husband and 17-year-old son went on a 5 day trip together in April and my husband asked our son to remove notifications on his phone for the trip.  Then, just yesterday my son and I were talking about notifications and it turns out he never turned them back on since that trip in April. He
said it has made a difference in how often he checks his phone.

For today's Tech Talk Tuesday we talk about notifications and how it
would feel to take them off your phone for vacation.

  • What apps do you get notifications from? Email, Instagram, Snapchat,Pokemon Go, Linked In? What others?
  • Do you feel like you have to check them as soon as they come in?
  • Is there a difference for you between silent notifications and those that vibrate or make a sound?
  • How would you feel about responding after vacation, not right away?
  • What do you fear you will be missing by not checking your notifications right away?
  • Would you like to take notifications off your phone for just one week?