How to Avoid Becoming an iPad Widow/Widower

by Chandra Hosek, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

It’s going to happen again in a few weeks: My husband is getting the latest and greatest from Apple and will proceed to ignore me for several days while he figures out how it works and downloads all kinds of cool apps. Yes, I’m buying him an iPad for Christmas (he already knows it and has even asked if “Santa” can come “early”; not likely!). I know, I am an enabler. But if, like me, you anticipate your spouse/significant other will take a break from you to cozy up with a new iPad – even when you are in the same room – I have a few tips:

  • Take them somewhere that doesn’t have Wi-Fi: Maybe their withdrawal symptoms won’t be too bad! This is assuming they don’t have the 3G version, in which case they will simply ignore you in public.
  • Take his (already tendered) offer of tech leftovers: Hey, I don’t have an iPhone, but I love using his to quickly surf the web. I’ll get it all to myself for a few days!
  • Take up knitting: Just don’t knit angry like Madame Defarge.
  • Cook their favorite meal: Let it waft through the air a bit…anything to get him/her off the couch!
  • Stage an intervention: Even my parents are tired of my husband showing them his beer guzzling app on the iPhone. Who knows what he’ll download for the iPad?! I really hope he doesn’t realize he can download the same Cylon Detector app he has on his iPhone. The dog and I have suffered enough!
  • Remind him/her that the holidays should be spent with family, not technology: I can hear the laughter already…
  • Form a support group: iWRUs (iPad Widow/Widowers R Us)
  • Embrace it: He/she won’t care what you watch on TV. In my case I’ll be able to watch “Fashion Police” with no complaints (Joan Rivers is still hilarious ya’ll!).

If none of this works and you are still feeling abandoned, I would subscribe to the old adage: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Find a game for the iPad that you both can play (SCRABBLE for iPad anyone?). I keep seeing apps I want to download onto the iPad. Maybe I’ll just get my own…

What are your tips for avoiding becoming an iPad widow/widower? We want to hear from you!

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