Another CrackBerry article to add to the stockpile, but this one should make you pay attention a little more to how much you’re using your device. A study performed by Toronto’s Ryerson University has brought in results stating that a BlackBerry device could “turn users into distracted, anti-social obsessives who could put the safety of others or themselves at risk.” Oh my.
“The Ryerson study only looked at the usage patterns of 13 respondents, which spanned CEOs to middle managers and entry-level workers, but (associate professor Catherine) Middleton said she was more interested in specific examples than broad statistics. â€œWe felt that the story we were able to tell was a story that was pretty believable in terms of identifying behaviours,â€ she said. â€œThe intent is not to generalize that every BlackBerry user has the same patterns.â€
Seema Esteves, president of BlackBerry training firm Circul Technology in Mississauga, Ont., said a lot of organizations deploy the devices without properly taking the impact of user behaviour into account.
â€œA lot of people view it as a cell phone, as a Palm — they think they don’t need training. They just hand this box to their users and everyone’s excited. Then they get mad at it,â€ said Esteves, who is also the author of Maximizing Your BlackBerry. â€œThis is a huge investment, they’re not seeing the ROI. That’s why my class is a two-hour, hands-on training exercise.
So now there’s proof that we’re all going crazy. I think we already knew that, didn’t we? But on a more serious level, have you noticed yourself becoming anti-social since you slapped that BlackBerry onto your hip? I’m not going to lie – I noticed a bit of a change in my activities, and I’m pretty glad to know I’m not the only one.