We lead lives filled with bells and whistles. Unfortunately, they aren’t the kind that mean upgrades! Instead, I’m referring to the constant alerts that sound during our day starting with the alarm clock in the morning signaling that a new day has begun to the wristband alert at night reminding us to take our medication. The good news is that these alerts help us remember to do all the things we need to get done each day. Unfortunately, there’s a “bad news” part too.
Incessant Noise Makes Johnny Less Effective
The most insidious feature of most alert systems is the “snooze” option. Disguised as a benefit, snooze buttons really only allow us to defer the inevitable. And, in doing so, distract us from what we were focusing on BEFORE the alert sounded. This may seem like no big deal, but here’s an illustrative example of why we should stop availing ourselves of the snooze option.