Morning Routine: What's the First Thing You Do When You Wake Up?

Morning Routine: What's the First Thing You Do When You Wake Up?

Gregory Han
Oct 22, 2013

What's your daily morning routine? Okay, what's your routine after you've hit the snooze button more times than a game of Whack-a-Mole? During the work week, I'm pretty much a robot of routine, waking up at the same hour, starting the morning with a silent dance involving grinding coffee, cracking/flipping eggs, and even sneaking in a few calf raises or pushups before I'm even capable of coherently piecing together a sentence...

But there's actually one habit I've been trying to shake off that's apparently the most common behavior amongst those 2,036 polled in a recent 10 city online survey done by mobile testing firm, SOASTA: 84% of smartphone owners check an app the first thing in the morning.

The mobile apps most commonly checked first thing in the morning are:

  • Email 67%
  • Weather 45%
  • Social Media 40%
  • News 35%
  • Financial News 12%
  • Traffic 11%
  • Shopping 11%
  • Horoscope 6%
  • Public Transit 5%
  • Dating 3%

Furthermore, SOASTA's online survey reveals which city's citizens were most apt to scratch the mobile-induced itch and check their phones first thing in the morning:

  1. New York*: 92%
  2. Philadelphia: 89%
  3. Boston: 88%
  4. Atlanta: 86%
  5. Chicago: 85%
  6. San Francisco: 83%
  7. Houston: 81%
  8. Washington D.C.: 80%
  9. Dallas: 80%
  10. Los Angeles: 75%

The overall 84% statistic isn't surprising for the simple fact many of us not only sleep with our phone bedside – a statistic which runs nearly parallel with "Why 83% of Millennials Sleep with their Phones" – but also for the fact smartphone alarm apps have replaced the traditional alarm clock for a great many people. It is somewhat surprising Los Angeles rates last amongst the ten listed, but that may be because Angelenos such as myself don't need to check the weather forecast as regularly due to temperate climate.

*New Yorkers also led in using shopping apps (22%), public transit (11%), dating (9%), and amusingly horoscopes (14%) first thing in the morning.

Via BusinessWire

(Image: Mert Toker/Shutterstock)

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