Good News, Blackberry Addicts May Have a Solution
Is your BlackBerry, also known as “CrackBerry,” preventing you from working, maintaining relationships or even developing in regular, human ways? If so, there may be finally answer to your BlackBerry addiction: BlackBerry detox. That’s right: the Sheraton Chicago Hotel announced its BlackBerry detox services on June 7.
Sheraton Chicago Hotel General Manager Rick Ueno, who said in a recent Reuters article that the program grew out of his personal Blackberry addiction, developed the service. The detox services are intended to give guests a much needed break from the device so that they can concentrate on meetings, business, family and socializing while residing at the hotel. Basically, the hotel locks up guest’s Blackberry for the duration of his or her stay.
However, what happens when the guests’ cravings for this popular hand-held device begin again? Does the hotel have special measures in place for those guests that have severe adverse effects like the shakes, mood swings or depression once their Blackberry is locked up? If not, security may be necessary.
On the other hand, maybe the hotel should implement BAA (BlackBerry Addicts Anonymous), a 12-step recovery program to lose the BlackBerry and switch to a cell phone or a land line (probably a scary thought for those obsessed with e-mail).