Last Christmas, I skipped my iPhone upgrade—that’s right! I’m rocking an iPhone 5, still—and used my Christmas money to buy an iPad. For a while, I wished I hadn’t.
At least then.
See, I don’t have access to wifi at work, and so, my iPad doesn’t get a ton of use during the day.* Fortunately, I’ve learned a few ways to make it useful, and I’m finally getting value out of it.
And that’s why you shouldn’t buy an iPad: It’s not a productivity solution. It’s a workflow destroyer, though you may be able to but a new workflow out of the smoldering ruble. Whether it will be a better workflow or not will be for you to determine.
To me, I see two additional terrible reasons to buy an iPad, besides the aforementioned assumed productivity boost, which I’ll call the “Myth of the Silver Productivity Bullet.”
1. “Why, yes, I am that pastor” Syndrome
Please don’t buy an iPad because you saw another pastor preach from his, and you think it’s cool. Having an iPad isn’t a status symbol; the only thing it symbolizes is that its owners likely overspend on their electronics.
2. “The Constraints of Inevitability”
No, it’s not inevitable that you’ll buy an iPad. It really isn’t. You don’t have to have one. Don’t fool yourself into think that you “have to have one.” When you actually do “have to” buy one, it will be obvious. Until such time, don’t believe the lie that this future tech need is inevitable.
Pastor, please show the same kind of wisdom and restraint that you ask of your people: don’t buy an iPad for one of these terrible reasons.
And with that, I’ll bring this series to a close. Are there more uses for an iPad or tablet? You bet. Are there more reasons to not buy an iPad? I’m sure. This series could go on indefinitely, but I think we’ve reached a point where I’ve said all that needs to be said, at this moment.
If you’ve got any thoughts or questions, please share them in the comments. We really do like hearing from you.
*I work full-time as a public school teacher, and while there are a TON of educational uses for an iPad, I’m stuck using it only as a digital textbook because I can’t use my device on the school’s wifi.