Feb 2, 2021 - News

Screen Time: How Alan Page spends his time on his phone

Photo illustration of a grid of smartphone screens, the center one showing an image of Alan Page.

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Jerry Holt/Getty Images

You probably know Alan Page for his celebrated career as a Viking defensive lineman, or his two-decade run on the state Supreme Court, or, more recently, his renewed push to promote equity in education.

But the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree has also gained a following for his tweets on pandemic baking.

  • "I was shocked," 75-year-old Page said of the response. "First of all, I don't know even why I posted the first one. The people who watched it and looked at it? I don’t know why they would!"

Given the popularity of his posts, we checked in with Page about his media habits:

  • 📱Device of choice: "iPhone 12 Pro Max. I'm a refugee from Windows phones."
  • 👇 First tap of the day: "New York Times app — I go to their Spelling Bee [game]."
  • 📰 Go-to news source: MSN.com.
  • 🎧 Podcast queue: "CAFE Insider"
  • 📖 Reading list: "Deacon King Kong" and "The House of Broken Angels"
  • 🐦 Most-used app: "It’s a little bit of everything. I’ll check Twitter, I’ll check Facebook. More likely than not, I won’t post anything. I’m more of a voyeur than I am a poster. I use audiobooks. And the Health App — I'll check out my stats."

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