I discovered that having such a device with you gives you an air of one who is busy working. The nurse interrupted my reading (Nook app on an iPad 3) saying, "I'm sorry to interrupt your work, but we're ready for you." I was actually reading a novel, but appreciated the air of business savvy and type A work ethic my device was giving me.
With all these portable computers, the scene around us really has changed a lot. Back in 2003, my family and I made the "pilgrimage" to Disney World (great time by the way). During the "Parade of Lights" on the first evening, I saw something I could never remember seeing before. People were lined up on either side of the wide boulevard to watch the glowing parade go by and the folks on the other side seem to have had the light show leak into their midst. There were softly glowing rectangular shapes scattered all through the crowd and at first I didn't recognize those lights for what they were. I was mystified by their presence in the crowd. Then it hit me. All those small rectangular lights I was seeing were coming from people's handheld video recorders with the small view screens that extended out to the side of the unit. Technology had changed the look of the crowd.
I wonder what that doctor's waiting room will look like another ten years down the line? What technology will we be wearing/using then that gives the office another, entirely different look?