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Don't be undressed on the internet

Someone dropped the phrase "Rollover App" to me the other day--referring to the first app you open up when you wake up.  It was funny and true...

...and kind of sad.

I realized the other day that the very first thing in the morning that I do is check various things on the internet--and it's because my phone is my alarm.  That alarm clock is the trojan horse that the internet uses to sneak into my day.  

That's why I'm going to order a good old fashioned alarm clock--well, perhaps one that tells me what the weather will be like today (Maybe a Nimbus?).  I don't think it's necessary for me to be on the internet without my pants on.

You get what I mean.

From now on, I'm going to get up and dressed first before I even think about checking the phone.  I don't work for Homeland Security.  I don't day trade Asian stocks.  There isn't anything in my life that can't wait an hour for a response--I mean, it's been waiting all night anyway.  What's another hour?

As our world, and all the devices in it, get more connected, I think you're going to see design advances around filtering the internet to get the right information to me at the right time.  I don't need my phone screen and the whole internet at 7AM.  I just need to know whether or not I should bike today or whether it might rain.  If I'm out with friends, I don't really need to know anything other than when my mom or my grandmother calls, because those are the only really important calls I'm going to take.  When the answer to every need for information is the whole firehose of the internet, it's too easy to get distracted and fall down an internet rabbithole.  

There's a real world out there, and I'd like to spend more time in it this year.

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