Weekly Contest: What ails you?

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This one’s a little out there, admittedly, but I’m trying to lighten moods and spirits on such a dreary day. Seems like there’s all these epidemics coming up surrounding our BlackBerrys – email addiction, phantom ring/vibrate/status light syndrome, amongst others. I know we all feel the BlackBerry pain every so often, and it can only get worse from here, right? So I’m asking you folks to come up with the next epidemic for BlackBerry users.

This week we ask: What is the next ailment on it’s way for BlackBerry users? Could be anything from scratching on the hip from grabbing at your ‘Berry too hard, or even asking for PIN #’s instead of actual phone numbers. Think about it. This week’s winner will walk away with their own selection of five ringtones from BPlay’s library. Not too shabby. Good luck.

So the big question last week was if the BlackBerry was more of a help or a hindrance. Obviously we all think it’s the bees knees, but Steve walks away with the big prize for his winning comment. He’s walking away with three Magmic games courtesy of BPlay. Congrats.

As part of the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Community, the Blackberry is THE device to have with regard to staying in touch with others without being tied to a TTY phone, a computer with IM, or these days, our videophones. It’s PDA-like functions, internet browser, BBMaps with GPS (built-in or Bluetooth) and 3rd-party apps like GoogleTalk, GoogleMaps, IP-Relay etc., are incredible. I’m on it all the time!

However, four weeks ago, while grabbing my Pearl from the nightstand first thing and unplugging the USB charge cord, I inadvertently knocked my hearing aid onto the floor. It was later found crushed, obviously from a heavy foot. Luckily, I still had my 10-yr old aid to use as a back-up.

That was until this past Friday when I repeated the above action.

“Doh!” Or shall I say, “Huh?”

  • N8DBB

    The redlight fake out and “phantom vibrating”…Seriously…It’s one of the steps to addiction.

  • N8DBB

    The redlight fake out and “phantom vibrating”…Seriously…It’s one of the steps to addiction.

  • Jordan

    “BlackBerry Neck” – caused by staring down at your BlackBerry for hours upon working hours on end.

  • Jordan

    “BlackBerry Neck” – caused by staring down at your BlackBerry for hours upon working hours on end.

  • Pam

    Blackberry Thumb. Uncontrollable twitching of both thumbs in a rhythmic movement. Caused by hours of bb msgr talking combined with compulsive Brickbreaker play.

  • Pam

    Blackberry Thumb. Uncontrollable twitching of both thumbs in a rhythmic movement. Caused by hours of bb msgr talking combined with compulsive Brickbreaker play.

  • http://www.colabnet.com/ Rick Power

    I think it will be mental and be named BADD BlackBerry attention deficit disorder or BDD BlackBerry disassociative disorder.

    A primary example are board meetings and presentations where blackberry users have spent all their time thumbing and leave the event not having a clue what just went on during that event. BDD

    Another example is when you are with your hot date at a nice dinner and your BlackBerry buzzes. You can’t fight the urge to pick up your BlackBerry and see what the message is – the B-world has become more important than the real world. BADD

    Finally, I have colleagues who have stopped mid sentence during important meetings to answer their hip and potentially irritate customers or whomever.

    I remember seeing this tv show on the Discovery Channel about a group at an Asian University trying to use bio-feedback to keep humans from being killed while they use their wireless pdas in busy streets.

    My $0.02,
    Rick

  • http://www.colabnet.com/ Rick Power

    I think it will be mental and be named BADD BlackBerry attention deficit disorder or BDD BlackBerry disassociative disorder.

    A primary example are board meetings and presentations where blackberry users have spent all their time thumbing and leave the event not having a clue what just went on during that event. BDD

    Another example is when you are with your hot date at a nice dinner and your BlackBerry buzzes. You can’t fight the urge to pick up your BlackBerry and see what the message is – the B-world has become more important than the real world. BADD

    Finally, I have colleagues who have stopped mid sentence during important meetings to answer their hip and potentially irritate customers or whomever.

    I remember seeing this tv show on the Discovery Channel about a group at an Asian University trying to use bio-feedback to keep humans from being killed while they use their wireless pdas in busy streets.

    My $0.02,
    Rick

  • http://www.colabnet.com Rick Power

    I think it will be mental and be named BADD BlackBerry attention deficit disorder or BDD BlackBerry disassociative disorder.

    A primary example are board meetings and presentations where blackberry users have spent all their time thumbing and leave the event not having a clue what just went on during that event. BDD

    Another example is when you are with your hot date at a nice dinner and your BlackBerry buzzes. You can’t fight the urge to pick up your BlackBerry and see what the message is – the B-world has become more important than the real world. BADD

    Finally, I have colleagues who have stopped mid sentence during important meetings to answer their hip and potentially irritate customers or whomever.

    I remember seeing this tv show on the Discovery Channel about a group at an Asian University trying to use bio-feedback to keep humans from being killed while they use their wireless pdas in busy streets.

    My $0.02,
    Rick