Sort of. Technically you’re taking about the old Pre-teenage constant connection model of the internet where n the AOL days you needed to “go online” to check your email, and then in the pull era of broadband, needed to “check your messages” to avoid polling the server constantly. With the advent of push architectures and webhooks, the slot machine is somewhat diminished, at least in messaging apps.

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