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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This is a topic for OPRAH! Now you know why I am not a "crackberry"

---and I reckon that I like being married. Very married. And a biker babe. Yes, a harley riding, vodka-drinking, steak-eating, Sinatra fan. I do NOT own a BlackBerry. Not a curve. Not a pearl. Not an 8800. ((( Memo to Lynn --Valerie---Lisa---Hope--- Girls, I feel sorry for you. You are -- CrackBerry's. ))) I believe that they are counter-productive - although their current advertising campaign will tell you the opposite is absolute fact. Do not buy that hype! It does not help you if it becomes addiction.

In fact, here is what was written about yours truly in washington woman:

She writes two PR blogs that instruct clients. She uses two cell phones but draws the line at a BlackBerry. “If I had one, I’d never stop. Finally, I have it right—it’s important to have daily family time and ‘Abbe time.’ I had a bad case of burnout—I was such a perfectionist that I ended up redoing things. You want to be available and accessible, [but] 24/7 is impossible.”

Here's the story - and it is a doozie!


Technology Can Be 'Berry, 'Berry Addictive':

Study Finds That 35 Percent Of BlackBerry And PDA Users Would Choose Their Device Over Their Spouse (!)

Scott Rapoport Reporting /

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Of all the possible things that can come between spouses, you can now add BlackBerrys -- or more precisely -- BlackBerry addiction to the list.

A new study reveals BlackBerry's are becoming -- among other things -- the 800-pound gorilla in the bedroom.

'Berry, 'Berry, addictive?

"I live with it. I can't live without it," one New York City resident told CBS 2 HD.

Yeah ... there's a reason some call 'em ... CrackBerrys.

But are you having a love affair with yours?

"I am on my BlackBerry more than I see my boyfriend," one woman said.

The study of 6,500 traveling executives says 35 percent of them would choose their PDA over their spouse.

"That's a tough call," one said.

"Oh you don't want to go there," another added.

And apparently that attitude is being seen in the sack. Of those polled, 87 percent said they bring their devices into the bedroom.

Another 84 percent check their e-mails just before they go to sleep. Another 80 percent check them in the morning as soon as they get up.

"It can actually ruin relationships," said Dr. Susan Bartell, a psychologist and relationship expert. Bartell said couples should be interfacing more, but with each other.

"People are so focused on their PDAs, they're not focusing on what might be going wrong in their relationships," Bartell said.

Of those polled, 62 percent said they love their blackberry or PDA, and most of them said it makes their life more productive. However, experts suggest, for the sake of your relationship, you might occasionally …

"Turn it off, spend some time with your partner. Have a real relationship with a living human being," Bartell said.

The study was done by Sheraton hotels. Among its other findings: More than three quarters of those polled say their gadgets give them more quality time with friends and family... and help them enjoy life more.

Go figure.

(© MMVIII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)


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