There has been a significant rise in the number of mobile phone notifications the average user receives each year compared with 10 years ago. Now it's at 33,800 per year, which translates to 22 days checking their phone ...
With so many mobile phone notifications, isn't it time we used aeroplane mode more often?
- We receive 427% more messages and notifications than 10 years ago
- We send 278% more messages than they did a decade ago
And it only gets worse the younger we get. The average adult gets an average of 93 notifications a day from email, text messages and social media platforms, but those aged between 18 and 24 have almost three times more messages to manage, receiving on average 239 messages.
"No wonder people are looking at their phones all the time!"
How many times have you seen a group of friends in a restaurant, all staring down at their phones rather than enjoying a conversation? How many people do you see wandering down the street, headphones in, looking at their phone and oblivious to all that's going on around them?
And how frustrated do you get when you have a family dinner and everyone's got a phone at the table? Where's the family harmony then?
Although academics feel that this is a positive way for people to manage their lives, it would be nice if mobile phones didn't intrude into our lives so much.
So what can we do? Well, how about putting your mobile phone on silent and keeping it in your pocket or handbag whilst you share a meal with your friends? I know of people who all put their phone face-down on a table and the first one to pick theirs up to check it has to pay the bill!
And maybe even just put it in aeroplane mode when travelling to and from work, when at home with your loved ones or when you're sleeping? There's no reason to be looking at your phone at 1am, just because it goes ping.
"So in future, I'm going to spend less time looking at my phone!"
I'll be removing any apps that send me lots of mobile phone notifications so if people want to get me whilst I'm not in the office, they'll have to do something which seems to have died out with the dinosaurs ... phone me!
I had a successful 20-year career as an office manager and personal assistant; however, my job was no longer focused on the customers and became all about the numbers. My customer-focused background began when I was 12 in my father's independent carpet showroom. I had a spell with Marks & Spencer before I moved into office-based jobs. I have worked as a training administrator, a PA and PA/office manager in a variety of industries from manufacturing to the IT education sector.
Meanwhile, my husband Ian, a successful Northampton based Master Decorator and owner of Rainbow Frost, was losing out on work due to missed phone calls. When he was busy, callers were getting his voicemail but weren't leaving messages. I knew how to fix that problem!
I quit my job and took on Ian as the first client of The Office Genie in November 2005. Word quickly spread with the second client coming on board just one week later. The majority of our clients since have come to us through word of mouth recommendations and networking referrals. Over the years, I have become well connected in Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming, roller skating, the theatre and my cats and dogs!
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