It's true that receiving notifications can cause distractions, which will then affect your focus and the task that you're working on in the moment. Do any of you try to stem the tide of notifications? If so, how do you do it? Or maybe you don't have this issue at all :)
I think Post Box from Google's Digital Wellbeing experiments is a fantastic idea, it just needs some more development on their side. Minimalist Android launchers can also help, and of course you have plenty of app options as well.
"The future of privacy is likely to be complicated." Almost an understatement. On one hand people might argue that loss of privacy is the logical exchange for today's technology, but on the other hand, it's the company's responsibility to create the solutions users want. More demand for privacy ought to result in responsibly designed tech, no?
It's quite eye opening to consider today's attention economy--how easy it is to get distracted by notifications on your phone for example--and its effects on mindfulness. Distractions are quite costly when you're learning! Does anyone take steps to reduce distractions while reading or studying something new?