The holidays are meant for family time, right? Thought’s heart is on his sleeve with his latest piece, examining if BlackBerry handhelds are actually slowly creeping into family life and reaking a tiny bit of havoc. Thanks, Thought, and enjoy the read, folks.
Can the BlackBerry be Good for Family Life?
Last week the WSJ published an article on how handheld email, for many, is infringing on family time and fracturing family relationships. Without in any way attempting to minimize the truths of that report, Iâ€™d like to examine how the BlackBerry device can make a positive difference in the personal and leisure life of individuals.
Orly Lorbel is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of San Diego who also uses a BlackBerry. She recently blogged live from the ski slopes of Park City Utah:
I was particularly appreciative of the freedoms that we have today to travel and still keep on top of our jobs. This is exam week at our school and I was able (and needed) to communicate with records, my students, my assistant and colleagues virtually everywhere, anytime. The lodge we rented with our friends is fully wireless and my blackberry works even at the highest peak. On that one critical day I was needed, I could answer student emails and the registrarâ€™s call about proctoring while on the lifts. I know we often feel too wired, knowing it is difficult to escape work even when away, but it is worth remembering the benefits we receive from these technologies.
Professor Lorbelâ€™s point is that technologies like the BlackBerry do not necessarily infringe upon her vacation time; rather they enable time away from the office that otherwise would not exist. If not for technology the good professor would have had to remain on campus for exam week rather then being on the ski slopes with family and friends.