Technology Eats Into Morning Family Time
Jim LiebeltJim Liebelt's Blog
- 2009 Aug 12
Karl and Dorsey Gude of East Lansing, Mich., can remember simpler mornings, not too long ago. They sat together and chatted as they ate breakfast. They read the newspaper and competed only with the television for the attention of their two teenage sons.
That was so last century. Today, Mr. Gude wakes at around 6 a.m. to check his work e-mail and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The two boys, Cole and Erik, start each morning with text messages, video games and Facebook.
“Things that I thought were unacceptable a few years ago are now commonplace in my house,” Ms. Gude said, “like all four of us starting the day on four computers in four separate rooms.”
Technology has shaken up plenty of life’s routines, but for many people it has completely altered the once predictable rituals at the start of the day.
is morning in America in the Internet age. After six to eight hours of
network deprivation — also known as sleep — people are increasingly
waking up and lunging for cellphones and laptops, sometimes even before
swinging their legs to the floor and tending to more biologically
Source: New York Times