Sometimes we need to stop and remember where we came from, right? Remember what made us who we are? Well, what about your little buddy there. No, not that, and get out of here – we don’t like your kind. I’m talking about your BlackBerry.
You ever stop to think about how it got to be such an essential part of your everyday ongoings? How it’s become your sidekick, compadre, go-to guy, best bud, and shoulder to cry on (might just be me, I don’t know).
When the BlackBerry debuted in 1999, carrying one was a hallmark of powerful executives and savvy technophiles. People who purchased one either needed or wanted constant access to e-mail, a calendar and a phone. The BlackBerry’s manufacturer, Research in Motion (RIM), reported only 25,000 subscribers in that first year. But since then, its popularity has skyrocketed.
In September 2005, RIM reported 3.65 million subscribers, and users describe being addicted to the devices. The BlackBerry has even brought new slang to the English language. There are words for flirting via BlackBerry (blirting), repetitive motion injuries from too much BlackBerry use (BlackBerry thumb) and unwisely using one’s BlackBerry while intoxicated (drunk-Berrying).
While some people credit the BlackBerry with letting them get out of the office and spend time with friends and family, others accuse them of allowing work to infiltrate every moment of free time.