Originally Posted by anonymouse
The dichotomy posited is
consumption vs. creation, otherwise, why discuss it as a point. One must consume or create, not both. My point is that the two are not mutually exclusive even in a single activity.
I also disagree that it's "common knowledge". It may be commonly said, or commonly thought, or commonly repeated, but 'knowledge' grants it a status I don't think the assertion merits. It's an entirely mistaken notion that consumption is necessarily the primary activity on an iPad. And, as I pointed out, meaningless as any sort of distinguishing characteristic of the device. So, why go about saying it, especially when most people spend considerable amounts of time on PCs consuming, and often very little creating?
Let me pop in here.
1. iPad, along with an iPhone was created to get apps to people. Downloading an app is, by definition, consumption. No one is creating app store apps on an iPhone (i guess you can jot down some code in notepad, but that's about it).
2. Here are official app store categories: Games - consumption, Entertainment - consumption, Utilities: Either, Social Networking - Either, Music - Consumption, Productivity - either, Lifestyle - ?, Reference - consumption, Travel - consumption, Sports - consumption, Navigation - consumption, Healthcare and fitness - consumption, News - consumption, Photography - Either, Finance - consumption, Business - Either, Education - consumption, Books - consumption, Medical - Consumption.
6/20 both consumption and creation
19/20 apps categories imply consumption, only 6 imply creation.
Aside from iPad's iWork and Painting apps there really is not much that I saw that could really prompt people to create something bigger then a shopping list of items.
3. You are wrong when you put a false dichotomy of "One must consume or create, not both." Because during social networking you are both consuming info and creating info by chatting with your friends. One activity two outcomes. There are better examples I can come up with if you want like learning or reading, but would be too long for this post.
4. From observation of people on the train ride to work the most content creation I see on iDevices is text messages, the rest is evenly split between reading, gaming and listening to music.
(I don't work in tech so I most people at work use PCs and outside of work my friends largely use their iPads/Phones for recreation as well. A few tried to create docs on iPad, including me, but after a while found it easier to just use a regular laptop).
Thanks a bunch.