An iPad won’t get jealous, lecture you or cost as much

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So, according to a new study 11 per cent of bachelors would prefer to own an iPad3 rather than have a new love interest.

Now I’m not sure what’s surprising about this figure. To be honest, I’d have thought it would be much higher.

Thinking back to my single days, I reckon I may have plumped for the iPad (if they’d been invented then).

I’m not a techno geek, far from it, but I can certainly see the appeal of being the proud owner of the very latest cool gadget.

For a start the iPad3 retails at around £400. With all the wining, dining, pub drinks, flowers and cinema trips that a new relationship would entail, £400 seems like a drop in the ocean compared to what that would cost you.

Also, the iPad3 isn’t going to get jealous if you want to use your MP3 player for a change. You could even revisit the iPad2 without any hassle!

Buying your iPad a new cover isn’t going to result in the awkward ‘do I look fat in this?’ question.

And you could go out and drink a few more beers than you really should, then make a fool of yourself but not get lectured in the morning about being an embarrassment.

In fact the iPad would be quite happy to have a good laugh as it shared your worst moments on various social media sites.

The survey also found that 84 per cent of women would prefer a new partner, rather than have the new gadget.

Apparently, this means women are more social creatures than men.

Now maths was never my strong point at school, but surely that means that 16 per cent of women would prefer the iPad3?

It seems to me that the online casino that carried out the survey has skewed the figures.

Because the ‘men prefer gadgets over women’ headline will attract more publicity than ‘women prefer gadgets over men’ headline.

It also found that three per cent of men would happily leave a current partner if they were rewarded with the latest iPad.

Now I wouldn’t go this far. But if I had a pound for every time I thought about the missus, I’d probably start thinking about her more.