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Study shows experiences are better than possessions, but not iPads



new study from Cornell finds that
"lust for material things fade but our unique experiences remain with us for a long time." I have always been a believer in personal investment and have said that the best investment that you could make for your future is not in a hedge fund or 401K but in creating unique personal experiences. Traveling the world, getting to know different cultures and just enjoying the beauty of life is the single greatest thing we have and if you are fortunate enough to be able to do such things then you shouldn't hold back to wait until your 70 when you retire. Would those lifetime memories be made even more memorable by having an iPad at your side capturing every moment?

The study found "people are less satisfied with material purchases because they are more likely to second-guess what they could have had (such as a new model or a better price), the researchers found. Consumers spend more time thinking about material purchases they didn't choose than they spend when they buy an experience." Very true. I guess this will be something I have to ponder tomorrow while I stand in line for my Ipad trying to figure out if I should have waited for the maxed out 3G version with the mega large HD. =)


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Comment by Gus Higuera on April 4, 2010 at 1:10pm
Actually, I like the Courier better for it's journal like features. Would come in much more handy for business applications. Still, I wouldn't mind also having an iPad, purely for development reasons of course.
Comment by Dan Starr on April 3, 2010 at 5:53pm
If you can hold out a bit longer, there are close to a dozen iPad alternatives coming out later this year.

The Notion Ink Adam is android based, and with a special screen overlay on the LCD for full sun viewing.

The "We Pad" is also Android based.

The ExoPC is essentially a Windows equivalent to the iPad... if you like that OS.
Comment by Gus Higuera on April 3, 2010 at 3:52pm
I resisted temptation, gonna hold out for a little more
Comment by Daniel Leuck on April 3, 2010 at 12:31pm
I too remember the celebration of Good Friday with family in a traditional Catholic household, and I share your weakness for the lure of shiny new devices :-)

So, don't keep us waiting. Did you get it? How awesome is it on a scale of 1 to lemur?

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