Allure of New Media Requires Strict Bedtime Control or Else Sleep Deprivation Will Set In

sleep deprivationThis NPR story of the day hit home. It’s about how teens stay up too late because of the Facebook, MySpace, instant messenger, and other web allurements that are so enticing. Then they wake up in the morning and check their e-mail and poof, an hour goes by and they’re already late for school.

I often have the same problem — so my wife has taken the role of the bedtime enforcer. At 9:45 p.m. she turns the computer off for me. My life is so sad sometimes.

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  • Aaron

    Very interesting. It’s not only kids either. The New York Times ran an article about adults bringing laptops into bed. Personally, I like to get caught up on my RSS feeds at night while listening to podcasts on my BlackBerry but lately my wife has been playing the role of the enforcer too.

  • Tom

    Aaron, do you listen to podcasts in the car? I pretty much only listen while driving or exercising. When I’m reading, I can’t multi-task like that.

    Hey, I was wondering today why you guys use the podbean host for your podcast. You have your blog set up, and it’s super easy to find. I just go to and click Blog. I wish there were a Podcast tab from your dmn site as well. But really, if you’re using WordPress, what are the advantages of having separate sites? Why not merge the blog site with the podcast site? I would have done the same with Tech Writer Voices but I can’t seem to figure out how to add a feed separate from the site feed. If you have a host for your blog, chances are you have enough bandwidth and server space to host your own podcast.

    Also, are you using Feedburner’s email subscription service? I think about 70% of the subscribers at Tech Writer Voices are email subscribers. RSS is still largely unknown to many tech writers.

    Finally, what does the acronym DMN stand for? Oh yeah, one more: what service are you using to track downloads? I use Podtrac, but it’s at variance with podpress’s stats.

  • Aaron

    I used to listen to podcasts in the car, then my iPod died. I’m still waiting on an FM transmitter for my BlackBerry so I can resume listening. It’s not a bad way to pass time in the daily gridlock here in Toronto.

    Good suggestions about the blog and the podcast. We’re actually considering WordPress and a few other ideas, but lately, we’re so super busy with work that we end up with spouses turning off our laptops for us!

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