Information Diet: Erika Christensen

Between time on Twitter and checking in online with her skateboarding buds, the 'Parenthood' star plays catch-up with 'The Wire' and 'Breaking Bad'

Photo: Jordan Strauss, WireImage/Getty Images


What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I suppose it’s a tie among text messages, emails and Twitter. I use Twitter for everything. When there’s breaking news, it doesn’t matter who you follow, you’re going to find out about it.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
I had a big New York Times crossword puzzle phase. And there’s a book that I’ve been meaning to read that’s sitting on my breakfast table—it’s called Stiff, and it’s about the journey of your body if you donate it to science after you die. A friend recommended it. My boyfriend keeps asking, “Can you get this off the table?” because the cover is a cadaver’s bare feet.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?
I’ll get in trouble if I say Twitter! I’m an NPR and KCRW person.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
Probably more of the latter—I’m on a fairly restricted TV intake.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop or tablet?
I’m a latecomer to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but now I’m really into it, and I just watched this last season of Breaking Bad and am hooked. I’m also making my way through the third season of The Wire on DVD. It’s definitely a saga. I watch everything on my TV.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?
I tend to be on Twitter. I’m also reading scripts for the show, and I’ll read magazines. I subscribe to Elle and VeloNews.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
Print, probably, because the choices have been made for you, although I choose the Web because I like to make my own choices.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
My favorites are AccuWeather, Yelp, and Words With Friends. But I generally use my iPad to read scripts.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
Fashion blogs and food blogs! I like Net-a-Porter’s online magazine, and I was just on Joy the Baker’s blog. I’ve also spent many hours on It’s a skateboarding website with all kinds of short films and content, and it’s all my buddies. If being a skateboarder were a personality type and not actually an athletic activity, then I’d say I’m a skateboarder. But I don’t ride one. I’m a bicycle person.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
Discipline, of course! There comes a time where you say, “It’s time for bed,” and that’s the end. I can be a binger when it comes to information, but most of the time I’m pretty good and I try to focus on my own life and personal communication.