The following article is in many ways an indication of the signs of the times. Living and working in Geneva there are loads of people who seeming live via their blackberry. Although i think i know several people who are doing pretty good at balancing work, family, and the “crackberry” (as it is beginning to be called globally) experience, i can also say i know far more who don’t.
I’d also be willing to admit, if i thought i could manage life with one (or afford the monthly costs in Europe), I’d get one. But alas, there in lay the problem.
I was once in Starbucks writing when i watched a young women from the UK get up from where she had been having a coffee and cake with her boyfriend to go to the toilet. As she left the table, he reached into his pocket. Looking around, he quickly turned pulled out his blackberry and turned it on. As he was just beginning to scroll i could see her coming, but i did not tell…i waited. As she arrived back to the table to see him scrolling away on the blackberry. As she smacked him on the head a flood of verbally abusive and yet deeply emotive language came out as she screamed about how all she had requested was two days of no work. Two days of no blackberry. Two days just for her.
These my friends are the signs of the times; we must, at all costs learn to unplug; even if in some cases that means remaining online. Electronic media is not bad. Our inability to be present with those nearest to us is what is bad.
Maybe i should petition the makers of Blackberry to put a warning on the label? A warning which says: “Warning: The following device has the potential to create the sensation of hyperconnectivity. Such sensations maybe dangerous to your health and extremely addictive. Blackberry recommends that users turn off the mobile device for no less than 6 hours per day to ensure normalcy in personal and/or family living.”
I don’t know, maybe i’m wrong.