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Information Diet: Aubrey Plaza

'Parks and Recreation' star carves out time for her laptop but spends time with other screens too

Photo: Valerie Macon via Getty Images for NCLR

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What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
Emails from people I have yet to respond to who are losing their patience – rightfully so? And then The New York Times on my iPad. Then the Drudge Report. Then YouTube for my daily morning dose of amazing/stupid videos that my friends send me.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
Oh, how I wish to have a breakfast table! There is something soothing about the Today show in the mornings. I really like having it on in the background. When I lived in New York, I always had NY1 on. But those days are over.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus?
In the car, usually a running, terrifying list of things that I need to do.

Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet?
I am a Netflix/DVR junkie. I don’t like to watch TV without a plan. And yes, there are a lot of bad reality TV shows on my DVR—Iron Chef, Top Chef, and Bad Girls Club. I am not ashamed. I like Curb Your Enthusiasm too.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop, or tablet?
When I’m on the couch, I usually have the TV on and my MacBook Air nearby. And sometimes, when my ADD is really kicking in, I have my iPad too. And my iPhone. And a magazine that I haven’t gotten to. And a book under the pillow to my left. Which I swear I will get to right after this one thing...

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter, or fast until morning?
Lately, I’ve been reading scripts and books off my iPad before bed. I prefer reading books before I go to sleep, though sometimes the LED light keeps me up.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
Print! Print! Print! If I have the option, I always read the paper or a book or something I can touch and destroy in my own hands.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
ArtStudio! It’s my favorite. It turns your iPad into a blank canvas, and you can paint and draw and create whatever you want and then instantly email it to friends or enemies.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
Probably watching Netflix on my iPad, and online shopping. I try not to go crazy, but it’s so easy to get lost shopping for things you don’t need. And very dangerous.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
I carve out time for laptop use. I don’t just open it without a purpose. I make specific times to respond to emails and read stuff online. I don’t let myself “surf” on the Web, or I would probably drown.