Is the Blackberry One of the Worst Ideas of the Decade?

22 Dec

In a simple-yet-effective series called “Worst Ideas of the Decade,” writers at The Washington Post teamed up to chastise the worst concepts of the last 10 years.  The entire list is on point – highlights include the torture memos, world-is-flat movies, and prosperity gospel – but one inclusion that may confuse a couple of my fellow addicts is the Blackberry. They’ve got their reasons, though:

The modern BlackBerry, which dates to 2002 (a two-way pager by the same name came to market in 1999), has evolved into something sleek and handy and almost discreet. Using it is like taking an electronic cigarette break. The problem is, we’re all e-mail chain-smokers now. Anytime a moment opens up, we fill it with e-mail.

The BlackBerry starts by infiltrating your morning. Then e-mailing replaces reading on your commute. Next you have it under the table at meetings; surely no one notices your thumbs clicking. Finally, it winds up at your bedside.

I actually heard a story about an exec who lost a lucrative deal, because his constant blackberry tapping during a meeting peeved the person who would have signed off on it. And I know I’m not the only one who sees mirages of the red notification light beeping on his device when there aren’t any new messages coming in. So I’ll be the first to admit that despite the device’s usefulness, Blackberry addiction can be harmful at worst and annoying at least. And to Washington Post’s credit, the article also highlights other smartphones like the iPhone and Palm Treo as culprits.

What do you guys think?

[via The Washington Post]

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One Response to “Is the Blackberry One of the Worst Ideas of the Decade?”

  1. danyasteele December 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    Yep. It sure is.

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