Thursday, February 22, 2007


Two months ago, I wrote about giving up my Blackberry. By the way, life has been fine since then! A colleague yesterday sent me this cartoon from the Boston Business Journal. I just had to share it with you....


Anonymous said...

From a doctor friend:

Not sure I can give up my Blackberry, although it seems attractive. It might work if I was in the office more, but since I am never in the same place for more than an hour or two, it would be hard to keep up. It’s a nice goal to consider though - and I'd like to add the cell and the beepers!

My reply:

I have the luxury of giving it up because I don't really do anything important, whereas you cure people!

Anonymous said...

Physical therapists have started seeing cases of what they call "BlackBerry Thumb" -- chronic pain in one's fingers from overuse of handheld devices such as BlackBerries, Treos and Sidekicks.

Typing with your thumbs "hour after hour without taking breaks is a tremendous amount of stress to the joints in the hand," says Margot Miller, a physical therapist with WorkWell Systems in Duluth, Minn. and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Not only are the thumbs the least dexterous of all the fingers, but people often use handhelds all day and in awkward positions, she adds. Those factors make "BlackBerry Thumb" among the most insidious of repetitive strain injuries -- even worse than typing on a keyboard -- which has the APTA worried and on guard.