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Steve Jobs and iPad: relationship destroyers

Yesterday was the greatest day of my life.

Steve Jobs, known by the neurons inside my brain as God, introduced, at least to me, the holy grail of gadgets -- the iPad. This thing -- this pretty little thing, no thicker than a steno notebook, so light...oh, so light -- will not bake cookies or give you a back rub, but it comes close. What will it do? Basically, I think it will cause a massive shift in the way we consume content, whether it be movies, TV shows, newspapers, baseball games, video games, and so on. All of this stuff is rather easily viewed now on our iPhones and other handheld devices, but it's not all that pleasant for extended periods of time. The iPad will solve that. After all, the battery will last 10 hours.

So what's the problem with that? I have a theory, based on arguments that I've had with my wife over my gadgets, that the digital world we hold in our hands is becoming more interesting than the physical lives around us. This, to me, is a story -- the very distressing downside to being digitally connected to billions of people and ideas right from the palm of our hands. And so I came home from work yesterday and told the Mrs. that I was writing such a story. I told her I was interviewing, among other people, marriage counselors. She said, "Can we go?"

I'm anxious to hear from people who are slipping further into the digital world they hold in their hands -- either users of such devices or victims of their use. Millions of you are out there. I see you in Starbucks, holding your baby on your lap as you surf the web in your hand. I see you at dinner with your wife, joining an argument on Twitter as the entrees are delivered. You know who you are. Fess up below or at

You can send me a note from your iPhone.

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | January 28, 2010; 10:04 AM ET
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