WHY SOME PEOPLE GET IRKED BY UNREAD NOTIFICATIONS AND OTHERS DON'T

WHY SOME PEOPLE GET IRKED BY UNREAD NOTIFICATIONS AND OTHERS DON’T

1. What does getting irked by unread notifications say about a person / what causes that sense of urgency?

If I realize you get irritated by numerous unread messages on your phone, the first thing that comes to my mind is introversion. Introverts mostly get overworked when constantly connected to the globe. Such people usually feel drained with socializing, either physically or virtually. Furthermore, it may be because notifications can be communication from your boss, and just getting you worried of the content. Could it be that there is a problem at work, making you a victim of getting fired? Or, did you poorly attend to an assignment, thus getting a warning letter?

2. What about people who are fine with tons of unread notifications/emails/etc?

Most individuals of this kind are possibly extroverts, and they love socializing. They are eager to get information, probably thinking they missed out on something important. Perhaps the group members have planned an urgent thing and you are left out.

3. Lastly, what about people who get irked only sometimes, or only with certain forms of communication (like text messages but not emails)? Thank you!

It may happen, especially because there is no worry in replying to mails compared to WhatsApp texting. I say it because emails may not confirm if the receiver read the message or not. But for texts like in WhatsApp and Facebook, the application can indicate if the text was delivered and read. Therefore, notifications may not be stressful sometimes when you want peace of mind- not responding to messages, including urgent ones that may lessen issues if you respond later than expected or not at all.

Nutritionist, Cornell University, MS

I believe that nutrition science is a wonderful helper both for the preventive improvement of health and adjunctive therapy in treatment. My goal is to help people improve their health and well-being without torturing themselves with unnecessary dietary restrictions. I am a supporter of a healthy lifestyle – I play sports, cycle, and swim in the lake all year round. With my work, I have been featured in Vice, Country Living, Harrods magazine, Daily Telegraph, Grazia, Women's Health, and other media outlets.

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