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notification fatigue

An excessive number of alerts pushed to a mobile device. When users' smartphones and smartwatches are set to alert them of every message and social media update, the notifications can be extremely distracting. See notification.

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The unique feature of a Martian Notifier smartwatch is that vibration patterns can be assigned to specific alerts to avoid looking at every one. This event is the wearer's running time. (Image courtesy of Martian Watches,


An indicator that an event has occurred. Notifications are a major feature of smartphones and tablets, informing the user that an event such as a text message, email, weather, news headline or social media update is now available on the device. By wrist vibration, they are also the primary attribute of smartwatches, providing a guaranteed alert when users' phones may be a few feet away. See notification fatigue and smartwatch.

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