Author: Kevin Michaluk, Gary Mazo, and Martin Trautschold
Subtitled True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse this is a must read for any BlackBerry addict or victim.
Crackberry, a term that traces back to 2000 according to the preface, is slang for those who are obsessive about their BlackBerries - but in the context of this book it applies equally to iPhones, Androids and other smartphones.
Kevin was guilty of more minor social misdemeanours - stopping telling a story to co-workers at lunch in order to attend to his BlackBerry's red flashing light but when he discovered that as a new owner his girlfriend preferred to play with her BlackBerry rather than with him he recognised that his own habits were not to be tolerated.
Martin, a Blackberry user since 2001, initially found it a real boon for business but due to family pressure took to checking it in the bathroom. His story of fishing his "precious" out of the toilet is not for those of a squeamish disposition but it seems it is not uncommon. In Chapter 1, "I can't be without it" the fact that about 100 of the 500 damaged BlackBerry smartphones taken to a repair shop in Houston each week have been dropped in the toilet together with the statistic from in a poll at www.crackberry.com 91% of people admitted to checking email in the bathroom.
Other statistics, this time from a 2008 AOL survey not confined to BlackBerry are included in this chapter: 12% admit to checking email in church, 37% while they are driving and 59% while in bed. The most shocking tales in this chapter, involve driving incidents.
Chapter 1 covers the initial step 1 admitting the problem. Many of the stories of addicts are presented here and throughout the rest of the book are from users of the BlackBerry users' site Crackberry.com. Some are from self-confessed addicts, others are defensive or try to deny the problem. Some stories are amusing, others embarrassing, poignant and verging on tragic.
In Chapter 4 the challenge is to take a moral inventory of BlackBerry abuses - times when Blackberry use caused hurt or harm and it includes an alphabetical list of BlackBerry sins and concludes with an empty list for you to fill in with the abuses you are guilty.
If you are still not convinced of your status Chapter 5 has a 27-question BlackBerry Addiction Quiz. Your score reveals your degree of addition from mild through painful to obsession.
Chapter 6 is where you own up. You also discover you are not alone. For example the Crackberry website has 2.5 million registered users and a study of 6500 travelling executives conducted in 2008 by Sheraton Hotels 35% of respondents said they would choose their smartphone over their spouse
The final chapter has final thoughts from each of the three authors and is followed by a useful appendix with definitions and an index which is handy for location the many stories and topics covered.
If you are a BlackBerry user you are going to recognise that at least some of the bad habits described in this book apply to you.
If you are a victim then perhaps this book will serve as a subtle (or perhaps not so subtle) hint to make someone you know reform their behavior.
|Last Updated ( Friday, 17 December 2010 )|