Does anyone know why selecting the “Snooze” option on one’s iPad alarm clock results in a 9-minute delay?
As I pen these words, I’m sitting in the Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. I spent all day yesterday wandering around various capitol buildings testifying to a number of Senators and Congressmen/Congresswomen (don’t ask).
I don’t know why this should be, but when I’m going to be travelling, I invariably wake up in the wee hours of the morning. I subsequently lie there in the dark for an interminable amount of time desperately hoping to fall back asleep. At some stage, I do return to the land of nod, only to be rudely awakened by the alarm feature of my iPad clock.
This occurred at 6:00 a.m. this morning. “Oh dear,” I thought (or words to that effect). “Is it that time already?” Of course, it would have been really easy to fall back asleep now that I didn’t want to, so I hit the “Snooze” option.
For some reason, the iPad’s default snooze time is set to nine minutes, so the first thing you see is a message saying “8:59 Remaining.”
I’ve noticed this on many occasions in the past and it’s always niggled me. If you were placed in charge of creating the iPad’s clock app, why on Earth would you set the default snooze time to be nine minutes? If it were me, for example, I would have opted for a ten-minute delay.
Ten minutes just seems “right” – it’s not too short; it’s not too long; and it’s a nice round, even, cuddly number; as opposed to nine, which is odd, jarring, and more “angular,” if you know what I mean.
Is there some scientific or psychological reason for choosing a nine-minute snooze time, or did the folks at apple just opt for nine minutes on the basis that they knew it would annoy me (in which case, “well played,” gentlepersons)?
Last, but not least, since I have your attention, are you aware of any way in which the nine-minute default can be changed to a ten-minute delay (which is obviously the way the universe would like things to be)?