Karl and Dorsey Gude of East Lansing, Mich., can remember simpler mornings, not too long ago. They sat together and chatted as they ate breakfast. They read the newspaper and competed only with the television for the attention of their two teenage sons.
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Jim Steyer, on the phone with his BlackBerry in reach, and his wife, Liz, have struggled to make their mornings more low tech.
That was so last century. Today, Mr. Gude wakes at around 6 a.m. to check his work e-mail and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The two boys, Cole and Erik, start each morning with text messages, video games and Facebook.
I’ll admit, that I’ve fallen into this situation myself.Â I wake up to an alarm clock though.Â On my phone.Â Then I check my emails to see if anything majorly importantly crazy is going on.Â Nothing ever is, or if it is, NPR has already told me via the radio.Â Â Hell, just the other day, one of my websites was acting out of line, and no one emailed me about it, lol.