Technological Intrusiveness

App Alert Bubble by Matthew T Rader

A tiny aspect of modern technology that bugs me the most are the red badges with numbers in them that appear next to icons on my iPhone. When I see those badges I compulsively click on the icon, even when I picked up my phone to do something else. They have distracted me so many times. It’s even hard for me to consciously ignore them when I see them.

I even began to compulsively swipe my screen back and forth looking for apps with badges so I can click on them. It started driving me crazy, I would frequently find myself in Facebook or Instagram when I had no desire to check either just because there was a badge on their icons. I have now disabled all badges for social media apps and many other apps. It blows my mind how our technology trains us so well to the point we begin to do things very compulsively.

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