Our first stop in the morning after scooping our son out of his crib is the bathroom, but many parents and kids (apparently with bladders of steel) are diving for their smartphone or laptop to see what emails, texts, Facebook status updates, tweets, etc. have come in while they slumbered.
A recent New York Times article by Brad Stone explored this new dimension to our mornings as the temptation or, in some cases, compulsion to start the day online is both changing the pace of families' mornings and causing conflict as families try to get out the door for work and school with technology adding one more thing to the mix.
According to the article, as a nation we're getting online earlier and earlier. Internet traffic which used to ramp up when folks got to work is now busy from sun up: "It's a rocket ship that takes off at 7 a.m," says internet analyst Craig Labovitz (and even earlier on the East Coast). In just the past year Verizon Wireless has seen text messaging between the hours of 7 and 10 am double.
You can read the full article (perhaps at the breakfast table) at The New York Times. Has technology altered your family's morning routine?
Image: Jim Wilson for The New York Times