Here’s The Weird Reason Your Snooze Button Only Gives You An Extra 9 Minutes.
The alarm is a such a useful and fundamental feature on our phone that many of us have done away with traditional (mechanical or digital, depending on when you were born) alarm clocks. But no matter how many times we change devices, some habits will never change. You know what I'm talking about, the handy dandy snooze button.
We're like Olympians when it comes to the snooze button. You can almost feel it coming before it comes and you smack it hard (or in the case of the iPhone, quickly tap) before it can yell at you again. And you're proud at how fast you can do it. You smile and go back to sleep. Just for a little, you promise.
But have you ever wondered by the iPhone, one of the most advanced pieces of technology, has a 9-minute snooze interval? Why not a full 10 minutes? Why not 5?
Take a walk down history lane to find out why.
Not all of us can wake up flawless like Hilary Duff or Queen Bee, who make it look so effortless. Those eyelids aren't heavy at all.
Hilary Duff - Wake Up
In fact, no matter how far in advance we plan, there just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything we want to do. So, we end up staying late, making it difficult for us to get up in the morning. Ah, this is more how I feel like in the morning.
Mechanical Alarm Clocks
The first alarm clock is often credited to Levi Hutchins, but historians point to references hinting at earlier versions in Germany.
Remember these clunky yet adorable alarm clocks? The first Big Ben alarm clock was sold in the early 20th century, and now many of us find it in stores to add a bit of vintage flair.
The Digital Clock
Digital clocks quickly booted traditional alarm clocks. The digital alarm can be traced to Josef Pallweber, an Austrian engineer that created the first digital pocket watch and the "jump-hour" mechanism in 1883, which forever changed the watch industry. A number of digital clocks evolved from there.
The Modern Alarm Clock
With smart phones like the slim and beautifully constructed iPhone, people everywhere have done away with not only their older alarm clocks but with planners, address books, and landlines. Some of us have waited hours in line to get our hands on the latest versions.
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