Morning in America: Online Habits Before Breakfast

The New York Times notes the uptick in early morning online activity with a look at a handful of families across the US and their weekday morning rituals. Not that you thought families sat at the breakfast table anymore and chatted over Cocoa Puffs and the print version of the Times, but seriously, text messaging and scanning emails before even getting out of bed?

Yep. In “Breakfast Can Wait. The Day’s First Stop Is Online” trends highlighted include general online activity surges at 7 am Eastern time attributed to text messaging and emails as reported by Verizon and even earlier (6 am Eastern time) as reported by Facebook and Amazon.com. Adults are trying somewhat to limit their children’s online time but have a hard time policing such restrictions when they admit needing to check work email and texts before breakfast to organize their days. A direct result of this early morning online activity is that other aspects of life are suffering.

In May, Gabrielle Glaser of Montclair, N.J., bought her 14-year-old daughter, Moriah, an Apple laptop for her birthday. In the weeks after, Moriah missed the school bus three times and went from walking the family Labradoodle for 20 minutes each morning to only briefly letting the dog outside.

Moriah concedes that she neglected the bus and dog, and blames Facebook, where the possibility that crucial updates from friends might be waiting draws her online as soon as she wakes. “I have some friends that are up early and chatting,” she said. “There is definitely a pull to check it.”

The poor Labradoodle! (Read more)

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