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Apple Anxiety

Today is the first time I have tried to write a blog from my Ipad. I am having a lot of anxiety as I type away, making mistakes, not knowing how to save a file on pages, feeling pretty clumsy.  My typing speed is down to about two words a minute. I am writing this while waiting for a plane, which is the main reason for attempting to master this technology.

It seems that getting through security is becoming more and more of a hassle. By the time you take off your shoes, empty your pockets, take off your jacket, take your net book out of its case, hold your boarding pass in your mouth, shove all of the rubber trays through X-ray, then walk through the x-ray while an agent glares at you and you haven’t even gotten on the plane and you’re already exhausted….well, I thought maybe getting an Ipad that I could stick in my purse might help.

So, although I am a decades’ long pc user, I’ve finally switched. It’s really annoying that there are so many differences. But I am a cognitive behavioral psychologist so I’m going to change the way I think and change things that I do in order to manage my anxiety and irritation related to the Ipad. I’ll ask myself some questions.

  • Have I ever faced anything like this before and managed to get through it?

Yes. The very first computer I owned in the early 80’s was an apple and I used that one I’m pretty sure this will be easier than DOS.

  • What are the advantages and disadvantage of using an Ipad?

Well, learning new skills helps keep the brain active. It’s pretty cool to have a computer in my purse. Disadvantages–time and hassle!

  • What is the evidence that this device will be useful?

Lots of people (as in millions) seem to like this product and after spending a bit of time, it seems to be getting slightly easier.

  • What is the worst that can happen?

I’ll get frustrated and throw this darn thing in the garbage.

Okay, I’ll keep practicing and eventually get good enough. Meanwhile, I’m going to email this to myself so that I can post from my real computer. Oh gosh how do I email from pages? I’ll think about this again tomorrow. Now I need to take some deep breaths.

Apple Anxiety

Laura L. Smith, Ph.D.

Laura L. Smith, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. Dr. Smith is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including: Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies (2E), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies, Seasonal Affective Disorder For Dummies, Anxiety and Depression Workbook For Dummies, Depression For Dummies, Hollow Kids: Recapturing the Soul of a Generation Lost to the Self-Esteem Myth, and Why Can’t I Be the Parent I Want to Be? Her website is:

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APA Reference
Smith, L. (2011). Apple Anxiety. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 16, 2018, from


Last updated: 21 Jun 2011
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Jun 2011
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