Connecting Before Breakfast?

Breakfast_Lunch_and_Dinner_4_by_kckeesha Technology has pervaded every aspect (and every minute) of our daily lives it seems. Just about the only places left where one can escape all the ‘connectedness’ is in a movie theatre, opera or concert hall and church, and even there one will hear the occasional cell phone ringing, much to the annoyance of all.

There’s an article in the NY Times called “Breakfast Can Wait. The Day’s First Stop is Online” in which it mentions kids waking up to text messages instead of alarm clocks, parents checking their Facebook and Twitter accounts before grabbing their first coffee and so on.

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.

This 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 cell phones and laptops, sometimes even before swinging their legs to the floor and tending to more biologically urgent activities.

What are your mornings like? Do you pick up the paper, turn on the TV, or reach for your laptop?