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Can You Have a Love Affair with a Gadget?

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“I’m in love with the iPad Mini” I proclaimed proudly to my wife.

I didn’t expect the response (well, I did in a way). “You cannot be in love with a gadget.” That was that. End of discussion.

I had been hoping to start a conversation about why I like the iPad Mini so much or why it is better than other gadgets I have played with. I guess that my opening line might work with non-materialistic goods (e.g., “I’m in love with our dog”) – but even that might sound a bit odd. I probably should have said “I love the iPad Mini.”

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Being “in love” and “loving” are two distinct things. But people often are accused of being “in love” with inanimate objects like a car or with something intangible like sports. Or perhaps people are just using grammar incorrectly. My wife, however, does make a good point. You can’t be in love with technology. You can be passionate or obsessed with it…but not in love with it.

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Often, I get truly excited about technology…as I have said before, my wife calls technology “the other woman.” But there is an important thing here to remember. Technology is a tool. It is a means to accomplishing something. And, technology is getting better at becoming a useful and productive tool – it’s making things easier.

But technology often also becomes a distraction. If I get a new gadget or device, forget about getting my attention about anything for a few hours. But here is a secret for those people who are as addicted as I am. If you get a new piece of tech that you want to play with, be sure to clear your plate first. I have actually learned to get all of my pressing responsibilities (do dishes, put kids to bed, take out trash, etc.) done before I take off the shrink-wrap. I get everything else out of the way and then can spend some guilt-free time with whatever device or technology is catching my fancy at the time.

I love technology. I love what it can do for you. I love how it can make mundane tasks more fun (like creating a shopping list). I love how it can expose you to new ideas or interests (think social media, link-sharing aggregators and content apps). I love how it can provide security and safety (find out where your family is at any time, check in on a webcam or just call or text someone). I love how it can provide organization in an otherwise chaotic world. I love how it can connect you (“can you hear me now?”). I love that for just about any use case, there is some sort of a technology tool or solution to help you accomplish your tasks or dreams.

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My wife is correct though. One cannot be “in love” with technology. But you sure can love it and what it can do to make your life just a little bit easier.

What new gadgets or technology are you “in love with?” How are they improving your life or making you happier or a better person, parent, friend or worker? Leave a comment!

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Oh, and I’m only dating the iPad Mini. It’s a loaner from Apple. After that, I am sure I will be on to my next “love.”

HTD says: Naturally, I’m IN love with my family…but I sure do love all of these bright & shiny new gadgets!

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