I post these types of stories for myself as much as I do for you. They’re slight warnings that hey, this could happen to anybody. We’ve seen the CrackBerry stories where the media lambastes BlackBerry users, but rarely do we get the other side’s account. Well, in his blog, Paul Levy, CEO of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, confides that yes, he was addicted but he’s quit cold turkey.
The impetus was when Cingular wrote in November to tell me that my bare bones Wireless Mobitex data service was going to be discontinued, but that I could “upgrade” to one with a higher price with more functionality, if I also bought a new Blackberry or Treo. I had until December 31 to make the switch: “All Mobitex devices on your account will be unable to send or receive messages after that date.”
So that was the day he went cold turkey. Dropped his BlackBerry service and has now gone back to a ‘Berry-free life. Folks, just remember: it’s the holiday season. The only reason you’ll be scrolling is because you think your other co-workers are. Just don’t. Put it down for a few days, enjoy the rest. I’m looking forward to mine, not going to lie.