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Put that ‘Crackberry’ away!

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in Office Communication,Workplace Communication

For years, many of us have believed that cell phones, laptops and other mobile technologies make us more productive and give us freedom and flexibility. But now, it's time for the BlackBerry backlash.

Are we spending too much time being plugged-in and online? Are we addicted to the luxury—if you can call it that—of always being con­nected to our workplaces? And is the ease and omnipresence of mobile technology having a nega­tive, rather than positive, effect on our search for work-life balance?

Those questions and others got an extended treatment this fall in New York's Newsday, which examined a number of aspects of "BlackBerry addiction." (Obviously, the popular phone-and-e-mail devices from Research in Motion are not the only culprit, although there's a reason many people call them "CrackBerrys.") "Even as some workers celebrate their new­found mobility," writes Newsday's Patricia Kitchen, "others are find­ing they've ente...(register to read more)

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