walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Electronic Gadgets in Bed

I am a control freak. I am such a control freak that I expend a substantial amount of personal time, energy and other resources to attempt to present an image of myself that I am not actually nearly as much of a control freak as I actually am. Pretty much everyone who knows me at all well knows this about me, and even people who _don't_ know me very well _expect_ my closets to be organized. So obvs, I am the kind of person who has charging stations set up around the house for all the electronic devices and part of the going to bed routine at night is hooking everything up so all the batteries are at 100% at the start of the new day.

I also actually understand that this makes me weird.

We don't have a ton of rules about device usage, however, I'm pretty hardcore about No Electronic Devices On the Floor. I understand (from pictures people take with their electronic devices) that this rule is violated All the Freaking Time (as near as I can tell, while I think this is an obvious and Good rule very few other people agree with me, even _after_ they've stepped on a device and had to replace it). I've also been quite loud on the topic of Hey If You Lose Your Device Under the Covers of Your Bed, Don't Fucking Expect Me to Find It For You. So the kids are pretty decent about putting devices on tables and similar surfaces, their pockets, etc. (fortunately, none have wound up in the wash yet), and we don't have to deal with Sad Faces because the battery died in the middle of the day, and they don't get stepped on and we can usually find them.

In any event, this confluence of rules means that my kids (and R. and I) do not sleep in a bed with devices. They may be on a charger near the bed, but not in the covers (oddly, in T.'s case, the chargers are under the bed and on the floor! But this is sort of an exception, because no one is going to step on something under a bed). It had not occurred to me that other people were sleeping with their devices, despite celebrity quotes to the effect of sleeping with the blackberry under the pillow and checking their email in the middle of the night (this was some years ago, obvs, I think it was a Madonna quote from when she was still married to that director). But I've run across a few stories and some set dressing on TV shows that is making me wonder.

Are people falling asleep with their phone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device in bed with them, in much the way that people (not me) have been falling asleep with a book (only book that ever reliably put me to sleep was Burke's _Reflections on the Revolution in France_, I kept it near the bed for that purpose and I was Very Sad the night that I was up until 4 in the morning because it suddenly became Fascinating altho, equally, Totes repulsive because, after all, Burke's _Reflections_ *shudder*. Really, the beginning of me starting to really grasp politics as a Thing separate from ethics or morality) since, well, at least the invention of the codex and possibly earlier?

I've had to get rid of sheets where a pen bled ink all over the place (it was my bed, but it wasn't my pen, nor was I the one who fell asleep with it in the bed), so I know people fall asleep while writing as well; falling asleep with electronics actually seems kind of expected in retrospect. Anecdata, anyone?

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