just like life pre-blackberry

September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

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I was just thinking about blackberries. Wait, blackberrys is probably the right word. It has filled our lives with endless clicking, constant distraction and round-the-clock work access. Sounds good and bad at the same time? Because it really is good and bad at the same time.

I’m leaving for Eid family gathering in 2 days, and I take my bb. Also my mum and my father. I know we’ll put it down when we have the actual family gathering, but I can’t really picture my cousins would.

Note: this is not my cousin. Image is not mine, available from http://abrilliantblog.com/2009/03/why-does-everybody-have-a-qwerty-keyboard-phone-now/

I’m in awe when I meet people who are constantly making out with their bb. I own one, but I turned it silent the minute I get home. Sometimes I miss work-related text messages, but it’s fine because I work 8 to 2, anything outside those hours is not an emergency. The point is, I still have my life without having to hold a bb at home. Not every little thing in my life is digitized. I still write with pen and paper. I still enjoy opening up a newspaper and reading it as I turn the pages. I still have conversations with people at home.

It’s just like my life pre-blackberry. The difference is that now I don’t have to rush to my laptop just to check my email replies. It’s brilliant.

So folks, I know you have your blackberry, with your groups, and your twitter, and your fb on it. But remember, you also have a life to live.

Multatuli – 7 sept 10

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