Thinking about getting an iPad?  Maybe this article might cause you to reconsider.

Here is the author’s conclusion:

It has encouraged me to be more like a hummingbird than a woodpecker, as it fuels every inclination I have towards impatience and skimming. The Allison with a history for digging into books and topics is distracted daily by fleeting matters. With the iPad in my life, I am more engaged in consumption than production.

That is a sobering thought.  Frankly, I think the iPad is only the latest device fueling this phenomenon.  Television has been accused of shortening our attention span for years.  Don’t get me started on video games or social networking.