BlackBerrys and family time

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David Pogue, New York TimesHere’s a bit of interesting news from the blogosphere: fellow blogger and New York Times columnist David Pogue posted the results of a Business.com survey on BlackBerry use and family time, with some striking results. Apparently, 40% of those surveyed said having a BlackBerry increases their available family time, 48% said it left them with about the same amount of time and 12% said it decreased family time.

However, consultant Michael Urlocker was a little skeptical of the results and decided to conduct his own email survey among 50 of his business friends who own BlackBerrys. The results?

* 32% responded on the weekend
* More than 20% replied within two hours
* 6% replied while on a holiday or at vacation spots
* 14% replied Monday morning

In fairness, Pogue was also skeptical of the Business.com results, stating that they should’ve asked the BlackBerry owners’ spouses instead. Question of the day, folks: How does having a BlackBerry affect your family life?

  • http://sweet.ua.pt/~leite/ Pedro Leite

    I used to carry a powerbook everywhere… I got a large amount of calls everytime I went out.
    I now can spend time with the family on a beach café, bare feets on the sand and respond to some emails, organize my calendar and even do some IM, with Google Talk…
    Of course I put down the 8700 to play with the kids, I just find a couple of minutes now and then to check things out.

  • http://sweet.ua.pt/~leite/ Pedro Leite

    I used to carry a powerbook everywhere… I got a large amount of calls everytime I went out.
    I now can spend time with the family on a beach café, bare feets on the sand and respond to some emails, organize my calendar and even do some IM, with Google Talk…
    Of course I put down the 8700 to play with the kids, I just find a couple of minutes now and then to check things out.