Sep 11th

Calling all app developers!

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We’re all familiar with the question we are asked whenever we download a new app:

“This app would like to send you ‘push notifications’” – “Allow” or “Don’t Allow”.

Every time I have to answer this question, I carefully consider what I’ll do. I usually select “Don’t allow” because I sometimes find it annoying to have experiences interrupted with a random sound effect.  I enjoy social media like many of us do, and have been very pleased to meet some wonderful people online, but the idea that we allow ourselves to be interrupted for pretty inconsequential “events” (such as someone has liked a pin on our “pinterest” board) started me thinking about how fabulous it would be to acknowledge other important life moments.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if an app could be developed to acknowledge…

  • when we decided to make a healthy decision for ourselves, like going to the gym instead of sleeping in…
  • after we witnessed our child joyfully tying his shoe for the first time…
  • after we observe a neighbor politely offering to help an older woman carry her groceries into her home…
  • when we chose not to call that ex-boyfriend after a few glasses of wine to beg to get back together…
  • at the moment we have inhaled the sweet scent of the first rose of the season…
  • when our partner decides to surprise us with a ticket to Paris for our birthday…
  • when we look around at those gathered around the dinner table and realize everyone is there…

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These are all real life moments that are important to recognize and not take for granted. Of course, a “push notification” during these important events wouldn’t add to the experience, and it might well detract from the magic of the moment.

But it’s a worthwhile idea to think about what types of sound effects we invite into the soundtrack of our daily lives.

 

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