You’re so nervous-excited, you’re bouncing on the balls of your feet. Everything’s set up just right. You’ve prepared your notes. You know your project back to front. You’ve practiced your presentation with a few colleagues who say it’s great. You launch into your final project presentation and everything’s going great, until…
Ouch. Talk about having the wind taken out of your sails.
Unfortunately, this happens more often than some of us want to admit. It’s called the smart device fugue: where people are “there” but not “all there.” Instead, they’re plucking away at a text message or game, or catching up on sports scores, all from the comfort of their device du jour.
I admit it. I’ve had it happen to me, especially with my iPhone in college. It was easy to “check out” of class, send texts, and read the blog post I’d looked up before entering the room.
Now, however, we don’t just use phones to “check out.” We have tablets, too!
I’ve never purchased an iPad. I didn’t really see the need for one. But when my mom “upgraded” to one of the iPad minis, she let me have her first-gen iPad.
Hey, whatever. Free iPad. I figured it’d make reading PDFs more palatable, especially considering the alternative: reading PDFs on my nearly seven year-old laptop. It’s performed admirably at that task as well as others (like playing games and surfing Reddit).
Of course, it has its drawbacks. One of the things I notice when I jump on the iPad is that time just evaporates. Fifteen minutes turns into an hour and a half. That’s a nightmare for my productivity.