Why have we let notifications rule our lives?

Is it better to have your social networking and personal messaging integrated into the operating system, or should it be entirely separate? And just how are we supposed to keep all of the bings and beeps and buzzes from becoming an overwhelming distraction? More at Android Central.

It is a problem for sure, but I never have any notifications sound or pop up anymore apart from phone calls. It is one area I have tamed. How about you? Thanks to Paul.