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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

CrackBerry withdrawal, anyone?

First, the good news: BlackBerry service has been restored after an overnight outage that left millions without e-mail access on their cherished devices.

The bad news is that you're now acutely aware of your
CrackBerry addiction.

Research in Motion, the Canadian company that provides BlackBerry service, is still investigating the cause of the outage. But what about the effects?

Stories abound on the supposed
addictive and sometimes painful nature of the handheld devices, not to mention the cultural impact of a workforce that’s unwired, but nonetheless tethered, to the office.

So how did you get through the night?

According to
WebMD, withdrawal symptoms can include:
  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating

If you experienced any of these, we’d like to hear about it. ... And oh yeah, please contact your family physician.

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