My Blackberry broke a few weeks ago (or, more likely, suffered from Verizon's planned obsolescence program to force me to upgrade). I wish I could report that I felt liberated and could go cold turkey, as Paul Levy famously did on his December 18 blog entry. Turns out, I'm embarassed to report, that I can't do it -- I need my Blackberry.
I didn't realize it before but the greatest value my Blackberry provides isn't timely response, it's efficiency. Since I don't spend much time at my desk, I found that without my Blackberry I couldn't get through my daily pile of emails without dramatically readjusting my lifestyle. Not that those emails were all urgent and important -- most aren't, but triage itself takes time. And Blackberrys are perfect for triage.
The result was that email triage started to encroach on the things that I normally did during my scarce computer sit-down times -- like actual work, and writing this blog. And the only way to increase computer sit-down time was to crowd out time with my family and friends.
So, I've returned to my Blackberry-enhanced world -- a happy pawn in Verizon's grand plan.....