I received the Alexa Dot for Christmas and keep it in my kitchen. I use it only for the following things: timing for baking and cooking by asking Alexa, to set the alarm for (whatever) amount of time I want to cook or bake. Also for weather reports, latest news, and sometimes I ask to hear a joke or song. Otherwise she is pretty much dormant. Useful for me because I don't like to set the stove alarms, I like to know whether to expect rain or not and what the outside temp is without going outside to check my thermometer there., and the news flash briefing means I can know that is going on in the world anytime without a lot of commentary like you see on the TV news channels. And since I live alone my conversations with my cat would not add much to Alexa's data base knowledge. I do turn it off when there are people here.