From the moment I wake up in the morning and even while I’m sleeping at night(I keep it under my pillow), my Blackberry is never more than an arms reach away. My current job occasionally requires me to go into meetings where all cell phones and PDA’s are not authorized in the room, and it never fails that about 40 minutes into the meeting, my heart begins to race and I pat my pockets and begin searching for my Blackberry only to remember that it’s outside on the table having a play date with all of the other phones.
I check my phone compulsively. I admit it and I am not ashamed. Whether I’m shopping, driving, working out, in class, in a meeting, I have a slew of applications that I systematically check including Twitterberry, three different email accounts, GChat, and Blackberry messenger, Facebook for blackberry, and of course Google News.
If I’m at a restaurant with friends and we get in a debate over something, I Google it. When I’m watching a movie and I can’t remember the name of an actor, I Google that too.
I check my Facebook at least 50 times a day. The same with Twitter.
We haven’t even begun to talk about text messages. Thank God I have an unlimited data and text plan because I send and receive almost 5000 messages per month.
This includes messages from friends, family, as well as subscriptions for example The Washington Post political news updates, CNN breaking news, and updates from various local television stations, all of whom I also follow on Twitter.
Ok, so maybe I’ve taken this whole social-networking-on-demand-mobile connectivity thing a little over board, but it’s practical.
If I’m lost, I can simply use the GPS or even better Google Maps. When I have a meeting to go or an event that I’ve been invited to (via Facebook or an evite in my email of course) I simply place it on my Google calender which I have in sync with my Blackberry calendar and tadaaa! I’m ready to go.
I can stop if I wanted to. Really I can. For example, just this morning, the flashing red new message light lit up on my Blackberry, and I waited 2 whole minutes before I looked to see what new and exciting information I just received.