I started somewhat care less about notifications and emails and messages and whatnot. Unless people are in an urgency which I will reply, but normally I just reply whenever I am free. I'm not more productive, I just feel less attracted to the phone.
It's not supported on Vendor-locked older versions of Android, though I don't know what the present-gen device situation is.
I have absolutely zero intent to gain first-hand knowledge of said situation.
That was the element I was (perhaps insufficiently clearly) responding to.
I have Firefox on Android. It's a godsend. Or Mozillasend.
On the user side, what are our options?
Notification categories is not exclusive to google apps, of course (OS level feature as long as your app targets Oreo), but their apps tend to give you very good control over what it shows you.
So, I'd disagree strongly that this is a google "strategy". It's more a problem that their apps tend to have a lot of features crammed in.
Of course, I don't know how this works on iOS (I'd be surprised if it's not in the settings somewhere? It's in their interest that you don't disable all app notifications)
It doesn't matter much to me if the problematic behavior arises from strategy or accident, though.
Adding the ability to turn this stuff off is good, but it should be default.
Edit: They definitely have, since I have those options now.
Twitter and LinkedIn are especially guilty. A "notification" about friends of friends of followers having liked something trivial.
You uninstall their apps, pronto.
Highly recommended. Now that we’ve reached peak mobile we can treat them as tools rather than entertainment, Product Managers may follow soon.
Actually, this is a great reminder to go audit my current settings again...
Otherwise I find myself aimlessly browsing without purpose.
See alert, respond to alert, lock phone again. That's the 'tool usage' that helps me minimise time-loss. The same pattern as we used for dumbphones where the only on-device distraction was a game of Snake.
You must have well-behaved apps. Many apps are very aggressive about notifications; instead of using them for "this is something important you'll care about", many apps have started using them as "this is something you won't care about but we want you to open up our app anyways".
Outline themselves have inserted a persistent, always-on-screen nag for their Chrome extension or app, which can not be disabled from Chrome/Android.
I've written them on this. It's still present.
I'll be firewalling that site as well, and using Firefox Reader Mode (or Archive.is where access is an issue) instead.