Originally Posted by cgarrabr
lmlloyd...This topic must have really struck a nerve.
It isn't so much that it struck a nerve, as it is that something that started out as a cute turn of phrase, is starting to be taken quite seriously. There are people and organizations starting to sue RIM, and other companies, over the 'fact' that their product is addictive. There are both Internet and BlackBerry addiction treatment programs starting to pop up, and there are even researchers publishing reports on the "harmful and socially destructive nature" of IM, Web browsing, text messaging, and BlackBerry use.
It is one of those things where an entire class of supposed mental health problem is being invented right before our eyes to describe what is 'wrong' with anyone keeping up with the times, and we don't even pay attention, because we think it is funny to talk about how "addicted" we are to our gadgets.