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Medium’s Notifications and Stats Are Like Crack

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or worse.

Constantly checking for new notifications and updates in your stats.

Spending hours a day on Medium.

That’s actually an addiction in the making.

These notifications are hard to resist, aren’t they?

Every time you receive a notification on Medium it could mean a new social opportunity.

Once you answer the little green bubble signaling a new notification, it results in a hit of dopamine.

(…) Immediately gratifying and hugely addictive.

Gary Vaynerchuck

The same dopamine that recharges our addictive compulsion. Similar to people who have addictions to crack.

Crack = Medium notifications and Stats checking

What to do about it?

  • stick a post-it-note on your screen to hide your notifications
  • use my favorite distraction-free app
  • be mindful
  • set a timer for specific tasks, e.g. reading or writing a post
  • try to check your stats and notifications once per day

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