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I wake up and the first thing I do is check my phone and I don't think that's unhealthy. Quite the contrary I believe.

It is a slow start to the day and I feel connected to friends and family. I am living abroad, a few hours behind my native country where most of my friends live. So when I wake up, there is already a lot of activity in the WhatsApp groups I am part of. I don't use WhatsApp professionally, so it's just personal stuff. I love to read trivial chatting from my friends and family first thing in the morning. Specially living abroad. Specially these days of Covid.

I also check Twitter and HN, but just a quick look, not the reason I pick up my phone. I spend about 20min on WhatsApp, 5min elsewhere.

It also wakes me up, so I don't oversleep. Then I am ready to go the bathroom, prepare my breakfast and when I get to work, I am ready and sharp.

I believe people use the idea of picking your phone first thing in the morning as an image and a proxy for phone addiction, I don't think it is. I believe I would be less healthy if I had my phone locked away from me in the morning.




Please understand that what I'm about to say isn't to be taken personally. I don't know you, and I'm taking your word for it that you have a healthy relationship with your phone.

Something functional alcoholics will often say is "I don't have a problem, I just like a beer with dinner, nothing wrong with that", and a usual response is "okay, then how about you take a week off? If it's just something you like, then that should be no problem".

Of course, that's where the excuses start!

This May challenge is conceptually similar. Nothing in your morning routine would be disrupted by more than 120 seconds, if you took the time to look at the sky and appreciate it before starting in with the phone.

Again, I'm mentioning this on behalf of other people who might be a bit in denial about how they start their day.

My personal routine starts with plugging the laptop into the monitor and brewing coffee, and browsing Twitter and HN while my brain wakes up. I'm not big on my phone in general, especially not lately.

But I'm intending to add looking at the sky for the month of May (although not joining a Facebook group, yuck!).

It sounds nice.


Makes sense. I've been considering letting to check the phone in the living room (currently my office too) just because sometimes there are videos/audios that I want to check, but my wife is still sleeping.

The watching the sky thing is more of a marketing device that I might skip though.


we all make our own paths

but in quarantine my days are sliding into a featureless wash of playing online games, reading HN and articles about Covid, watching Netflix. ostensibly there is development work I should be doing, but I just can't seem to get engaged.

really finding that if I spend an hour or two directly upon waking doing things like cleaning and sewing and food prep...maybe a little computerless whiteboard work..I'm feeling quite a bit more engaged and human. I'm a lot less prone to just faffing about on the internet.


The first thing I do when I wake up is send a good morning to people and check the stuff they wanted me to see as I was sleeping. It refuse to believe this is "unhealthy". It's communication.


Sure, communication by itself is not unhealthy. The question is should it be done right after waking up. The brain has no time to gather thoughts, plan the day, etc. It's anything but a graceful boot up. By reaching for the phone first thing in the morning you're telling your brain "you're nothing but a social media content processor." Not only that, but with news being mostly negative (a major reason of why people reach for their phones first thing in the morning), it's not a good recipe for mental health.


Why shouldn't it be done after waking up? I haven't got anything better to do.


There's value in not doing anything. Meditation is a form of it.


I pick up my phone and read the news. I don't see why that would be any more harmful than a magazine or newspaper.


Same here. Thanks to modern social networks and aggregators like HN, I stay connected to a lot of people who would otherwise drift out of my life, and stay in the loop about many different topics.

There's a lot of digital junk food fighting for your attention, that's for sure. But there's a lot of other options, and, unlike real-life balanced diet and fine dining, it's either free or cheap.




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