Do Unread Notification Numbers on Your iPhone Drive You Insane?

By , Jan 16, 2012

Our iPhones are constantly demanding our attention with little bings, bongs and flashy lights. Apple’s addition of Notification Center in iOS 5 has only heightened the need to keep your iPhone’s notifications in check, but just how much so?

I sit here now, looking at an iPhone homescreen with no less than ten, yes ten different little red bubbles telling me there is something I need to do. Something that apparently needs my attention before the world falls into some kind of disorganized chaos that can only result in it falling off its axis.

Or something like that…

There are emails, unread RSS feeds, messages that need reading from my fellow iDB team members and even an SMS that I somehow missed when it was fresh. Most of these will have created some sort of push notification that attempted to grab my attention, potentially pulling me away from something much more important.

If I do manage to avoid being sucked into the black hole of notification swatting, then I’m left with these little bubbles that seem content to mock me from afar, gently prodding me every time I use my iPhone, seemingly worried that I might forget them during my day.

A friend recently picked up my iPhone and proclaimed that he doesn’t understand how I function with so many notification bubbles when I’m normally a little neurotic about such things. How do I manage to just ignore them, or even see them as a good thing? I mean, I’ll never miss anything, right?

But what if their very presence means I will ignore them more? Do I really want to delve into those hundreds of unread RSS posts? Do I have time to go through those emails that are probably just PR? Maybe I’ll just leave them there for now…

I know a few people who do not have their iPhones check for email regularly, or as I do, have them set up to push anything and everything as soon as it arrives. Tweet me and I get a push notification. Send me a message on Facebook and my iPhone beeps. Email one of the four email accounts currently attached to my iPhone and the thing gets pushed to my handset, waiting to be ignored.

Would we not be better just checking these things when we have time to deal with them, rather than having them thrown in our face repeatedly throughout the day? Do we even need to know, within a second or two, that someone has mentioned our name on Twitter?

Who knows, getting rid of some of these notifications might even help our iPhone batteries last a little longer!

How do you manage notifications on your iPhone, and do you find yourself getting stressed out because you just can’t keep your home screen nice and clean?

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  • Kok Hean

    I use BadgeClear, it clears the badges when I clear the notifications from Notification Center.

    • http://twitter.com/r0ckst3p Anthony

      and Springtomize 2 allows you to double tap to clear badges.

      • Anonymous

        hello,, i have a question,,
        when i want to upgrade my jailbroaken iphone4 to the latest unthethers jailbreak,, do i need to repurchase my purchased tweaks again?
        pls.. i need answer,, THANKS:)

      • Kok Hean

        No.

    • http://www.facebook.com/reanimationxp Drew Alden

      Does BadgeClear have a one-button clear for ALL badges? If not someone should make one.

      • Anonymous

        hello,, i have a question,,
        when i want to upgrade my jailbroaken iphone4 to the latest unthethers jailbreak,, do i need to repurchase my purchased tweaks again?
        pls.. i need answer,, THANKS:)

      • Kok Hean

        No.

    • Anonymous

      hello,, i have a question,,
      when i want to upgrade my jailbroaken iphone4 to the latest unthethers jailbreak,, do i need to repurchase my purchased tweaks again?
      pls.. i need answer,, THANKS:)

      • Kok Hean

        No.

  • http://twitter.com/r0ckst3p Anthony

    You can disable badges for most or all apps in Settings > Notifications > (Application)

    • http://twitter.com/Souldat1 Swaz

      Yup no need for stupid jailbreak tweak.

    • brian burke

      Love it. Thanks. My biggest problem is with Foursquare. I cannot get rid of the numbers.

    • Kok Hean

      I make sure that the SpringBoard icons have badges so that I don’t have to keep on checking Notification Center for any new notifications. You would probably say that the lock screen is enough, but every morning, when I turn off the alarm, the notifications from the lock screen disappear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hayatmd FadzlulHayat MohdHashim

    springtomize.!!

  • Puyan Moslehi

    I just go into Notification Settings, it does what we need it to do. For the Facebook app, I only enable badges so I can check Facebook whenever I have notifications but they don’t pop up or alert me obtrusively. I do the same with my emails. Similarly, I may choose to turn sounds and badges OFF for certain apps so that I will only see the notifications when I next check my phone, not when it wants me to. Works well for me.

    • Emre SÜMENGEN

      Definitely how it should be…

  • http://twitter.com/RedTweep Red Tweep

    Settings > Notifications > Pick an app > Set ‘Badge App Icon’ to ‘Off’.

  • http://twitter.com/NO0N31MP0RTANT shirahmad

    i use springtomize 2

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Cardozo/100002392619169 Jose Cardozo

    Firs of all, if you dont read those notifications for a certain app, it means that they are not of inmitiate importance so just turn notifications off for that particular app!! Its right there in your settings with no jailbreak tweak required!!! Simple

  • http://twitter.com/danroarz D A N

    Dude just go to Settings>Notifications>and turn off the badge notifications. And just leave them in the notification center that way its not all in your Face. lol

  • http://twitter.com/BouchardAnthony Anthony Bouchard

    Either BadgeClear or Springtomize 2 are the best options in my opinion. I use Springtomize 2 because it gets the job done and has countless other settings.

  • Anonymous

    hello,, i have a question,,
    when i want to upgrade my jailbroaken iphone4 to the latest unthethers jailbreak,, do i need to repurchase my purchased tweaks again?
    pls.. i need answer,, THANKS:)

  • http://twitter.com/TarekMMD Tarek

    I routinely ignore a lot of these notifications. I try to keep up with my important email accounts, like the one for my bills and my work account. Also the phone messages too. But after that, I only respond and look at things when I am good an ready.

    Even Mint and PageOnce alerts are becoming a nuisance for me. Most of the time, the alert is a useless tidbit of information, not a real concern for me to look at.

    So I would say I am getting negatively conditioned with the notifications. I now try to avoid allowing applications to notify me as much as possible.