Do Blackberry Users Put Others At Risk?
from the uh-oh dept
We've mocked plenty of stories in the past that claim that certain technologies are "addicting." Usually, there's no actual evidence, other than a practitioner who wants the so-called "addicts" to pay them lots of money to help deal with the so-called addiction. Also, there's usually no sign that it's an actual addiction or that the addiction actually is harmful to anyone. It just uses the "addict" label to get attention. However, perhaps we underestimated the "harm" of users who can't put down their Blackberry devices. John points us to a recent study that suggests some Blackberry users are so hooked on their device that they become oblivious to real world situations around them, perhaps putting themselves and others in danger. This includes Blackberry users who check messages while walking, driving or biking. Of course, the study is hardly scientific. It just collected some anecdotes from a small number of Blackberry users -- but does bring up an important point about people who are unable to relax enough to turn their devices off. If they're so connected all the time, they can occasionally ignore important events happening right around them. Perhaps that new Blackberry users' spa should focus not just on massaging people's thumbs, but also help them relax enough to recognize they can turn the device off every once in a while.