Blackberry can be addictive


JINAH CLARK
jclark48@radford.edu

The addicted have felt it. I have felt it. It’s that strange feeling that someone is calling you, but when you go to answer your cell phone—no one is there. These feelings now have a name: They’re called phantom vibrations.

I know that I have felt them, and I know others that have felt them. Some may think that they are crazy, and others may just be annoyed by the vibrations. Some even go as far as moving where they keep their phone or Blackberry to a coat pocket, but they can still feel it vibrate in its old home.

Missy Clark is an employee for the technology-based company SAIC. She was issued a Blackberry and began experiencing the phantom vibrations shortly after receiving it. She also mentioned that a few of her co-workers have experienced the same phenomenon.

Another common physical ailment for Blackberry users is what is now known as “Blackberry Thumb.” This just happens to be a newly updated term for something that was known as “Nintendoitis" in the 1980s. The actual problem lies with the irritation of the tendons and ligaments in the wrist and thumb and is known as deQuervain's tendonitis.

Another tendency that has been exhibited in most users is compulsive behavior, which has been a prime reaction for Blackberry users who are part of a company that requires them to use the devices.

There are spas that have started treatments to help Blackberry addicts relax their hands, and there is even a Web site that has been designed to help people break their “Crackberry” habits. The site plays host to a number of Blackberry-related topics from accessories to software and includes rumors, tips and even cures for Blackberry Thumb. There are open forums for Mac users, a “Crackberry Rehab” forum and even one that is a traditional off-topic forum.

I don’t personally own a Blackberry, but I do know the psychological effects of the phantom vibrations and of Blackberry Thumb. I still play handheld video games and text a mile-a-minute when talking is just not convenient. I understand the addiction to such a small device. It holds my world together and puts me in touch with my dad, step-mom and the rest of my family. When I don’t have it on me, I feel lost without it.

How has it come to be that we have grown to rely so much on one small device?

Date Posted:   10/23/2007   |   Time Posted:   17:30:36 | Views: 39037


Comments from our visitors:

Rick Snee wrote on 10/26/2007 at 13:03:04:
Yeah, I get that all the time, too. So what causes phantom vibration? Is it psychological, neurological, radiation poisioning, or what?


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