The first step was about understanding if the objective of the research was already answered by someone else.
I found that there are also several factors that we must take into consideration when discussing how we could improve the notification systems available.
- Environment, just because we are always connected does not mean that we are always available
- Personality, the time taken to view the notification is influenced by Extroversion, Conscientiousness, and Neuroticism personality traits
It emerged that there are two main ways in which researchers and mobile phone companies tried to address the problem.
- Current state of art, current mobile systems allow users to set their smartphone in different modalities (silent, vibrate, sound, and sound with vibrate)
- Defer-to-breakpoint method, a technique proposed by many papers that gussets to show notifications at particular moments of the day.