I came across these “10 Blackberry Commandments” while cleaning off my desk this weekend, and just had to pen a couple of thoughts — particularly in the age of Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and all the many social networking media that have added to our “face time” with the technology devices in our lives. And I’m not casting stones . . . I’ll readily admit to keeping in close touch via my iPhone and BlackBerry (and even the President has joked about his BlackBerry addiction!).
It’s so easy to get caught up in the virtual “real time” of keeping in touch with – well, you name it – work, our friends, acquaintances, business associates, Google alerts, tweets, notifications and so on and so on via the crackberry. But when we get so into it that we don’t keep in mind the common courtesies of actually being face-to-face with associates, friends and family, we risk losing something precious . . . I mean, do we really want everyone we know being more familiar with the topography of our heads than the color of our eyes? Just a little something to think about . . .
10 Blackberry Commandments
- Thou shalt not take the BlackBerry to any table with food on it or a family around it. A BlackBerry is not a fruit, nor does it come from a tree.
- Thou shalt not use the BlackBerry as reading material in the event of insomnia. It will only worsen your situation.
- Thou shalt not BlackBerry in lieu of responding to a child’s request (e.g., “Wait a second, I’d reading something”)
- Thou shalt not place the BlackBerry within distance of a hearing its incessant beeps while at home. It is not a bird.
- Thou shalt not check The BlackBerry as if it were your baby. It will not cry or stop breathing.
- Thou shalt not confuse the number of e-mails with self-worth.
- Thou shalt do everything possible to misplace your BlackBerry on weekends. “There’s No Place Like Home” will never be the tagline for the BlackBerry company.
- Thou shalt remember that a BlackBerry is not a body appendage. It is a device that belongs in your briefcase or on your desk, not in social settings.
- Thou shalt refrain from bringing the BlackBerry to events involving family interaction. Extraneous dialogue with this contraption in lieu of real conversation suggests addiction.
- Thou shalt never, ever, ever bring the BlackBerry to bed. Do this and you are BlackBuried!
n By Joey Reiman, firstname.lastname@example.org