Information Diet: Dominik García-Lorido

The 'Magic City' star has severed ties to Twitter and Facebook

Age 28
Accomplishments  Star as Mercedes Lazaro in the TV series Magic City, set in 1950's Miami (premieres April 6 on Starz); has appeared alongside her father, actor Andy Garcia, in films including City Island
Base Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I used to be on Twitter, so I’d get news from that. But I got rid of it because it was too addicting. Now I don’t really have a routine—I just get my thoughts together, then I’ll go to CNN or ESPN.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
I like watching The View! All the arguing—I love that.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?
I almost never listen to the radio, but if I do, I listen to KDAY, which is old-school hip-hop. Usually I listen to my iPod—a bunch of different playlists, like classic rock, oldies, a lot of Beatles and Rolling Stones.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
I don’t watch a lot of TV. I’ll record something to watch at night before I go to bed, or I’ll watch SportsCenter on ESPN—I’m a big basketball fan, Lakers especially.

What other shows do you watch, and how: TV, laptop or tablet?
I record Californication, which is what I’m watching right now. I wish I had recorded all of Shameless because I’ve caught it a few times and loved it. I’ll always want to get into a show but then forget to record it. On long plane rides, I like watching entire series on my laptop.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?
Reading is definitely better because watching TV keeps me up. When I was living in Miami, I didn’t have Internet in my room and the TV only had a few channels, and it was so much easier to go to sleep.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
I want to say print, but the Web is just so much more efficient. I wish I was one of those people who reads the paper every morning, but I guess I’m part of the generation that always goes straight to the Web.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
I love the NBA Game Time app. It’s the best—even if I’m not able to watch a game, I can still keep up with it. The app lets you listen or watch game highlights, and it has all the stats and standings.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
I’m not a big gadget person, but my iPhone is with me at all times.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat? 
When the New Year hit, I cut out Twitter and Facebook—stuff that I felt like I was always on for no reason. There are other ways to get information. Our access to [all this stuff] isn’t going to go away, but we can choose how much to have it around.


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