Computers: The Real Apple of His Eye

How families come apart in the face of the micro invasion

When Advertising Executive Todd Lief, 47, gave up his four-pack-a-day cigarette habit a few years ago, he put aside his tobacco money to buy an Apple computer. His wife Jo, 44, a Chicago family therapist, supported the idea. At least at first. Then she discovered that computers, like cigarettes, can be habit forming. "He really got into it," she says. "After a while, I felt angry—abandoned. On a sunny, beautiful day he would sit at the computer for eight hours straight."

Fortunately, Jo has...

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