December 09, 2006
BLACKBERRY ORPHANS: "As hand-held email devices proliferate, they are having an unexpected impact on family dynamics: Parents and their children are swapping roles. Like a bunch of teenagers, some parents are routinely lying to their kids, sneaking around the house to covertly check their emails and disobeying house rules established to minimize compulsive typing. The refusal of parents to follow a few simple rules is pushing some children to the brink. They are fearful that parents will be distracted by emails while driving, concerned about Mom and Dad's shortening attention spans and exasperated by their parents' obsession with their gadgets."
They don't call it the "CrackBerry" for nothing. On the other hand, here's an argument that the Blackberry is really pro-family. Like all technology, it depends on how you use it. . . .