Push Notifications From Your Phone Could Be Bad for Your Health

By: Kelly Meyers

August 8, 2017

Constant push notifications from your phone may not only be annoying, but they may be hurting your health. Seriously. 

You know that you can get notifications from like every app. Facebook can alert you when it's your friend's birthday, and you can get a notice about the latest photo your brother posted to Instagram. 

All of these dings and vibrations are annoying, but scientists now say they could affect your health.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University asked study participants to turn off all notifications from their phones for one full week

They actually only found that most participants could only turn the notifications off for one day.

So what did they find out during the Do Not Disturb Challenge? The highlight is that people were less distracted and even more productive. But is that surprising? 

On the flip side though, the lack of notifications caused some people anxiety. I guess they were experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out)? 

Experts reccommend that you go through your phone and pick and choose what notifications you actually need to see each day. If you're able to get rid of some of the extra notifications you may stay more on task each day.

Some of the study's findings are actually pretty interesting. You can read more here.