Why do Blackberry users get so addicted? Five reasons..

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I know the way people call Blackberries “Crackberries” is a joke but there really is something about Blackberries that makes them extra special addictive.Research in 2006, did claim their impact was similar to hard drugs in the minds of their user.

Given that other phones are also great and also use push notification – Nokias, iPhones and Androids still don’t seem to have the same addiction quality. I mean no-one calls iPhones “Heroin-Phones” do they?

Why Blackberries are so addictive: five reasons..

1) Blackberries make noise by default and they push notify by default. It’s hard to switch either of those things off.

2) Blackberry Messenger – there are apps for this on iPhone, but Blackberry has had instant messaging built in from the start. IM your fellow Blackberry owners for free in this fast-paced ping-ping-a-go-go. It works whenever you and your friends’ Blackberries are on – which is like, all the time right?

3) Let’s not just examine the phone, the users are important too: Blackberry users are probably the sort who want to be pinged all the time. Probably if they don’t check their email for 10 minutes they’ll have lost out on a massive oil/property/lunch deal

4) Habit, if you start checking and sending email every 5 mins, people expect you to check and send email every 5 mins and start to think things are wrong if you haven’t responded in 10. It’s a hard habit to break.

5) Blackberry is a status symbol. Whatever other handset owners may think, Blackberries still say high-powered, serious business-person in-demand and Blackberry-owners like to flaunt that by taking it out and waving it around. Proof? there’s a facebook group called: “I have a BlackBerry, I’m out of your league”.

Any thoughts about why Blackberries are so addictive?

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By Anna Leach | April 1st, 2010





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    the 8800 series r made for buisness ppl. the curve and pearl r still used for business but r consumer oriented as well, hints why they have an actual name instead of numbers.
    and no they might not be as pretty as the RAZR2 but ppl like them cuz they have great software, pretty easy to use and r very reliable. u can do just about everything with them.

  • http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/cho-yung-tea-review-amp-free-trial-2124982.html Cho Yung Tea

    Yeah!! I agree with the fifth reason that Blackberry has now become a status symbol these days. People go on purchasing the most expensive mobile one after the other as if there is any competition going on between them.

  • http://2011 blah blah blah

    Ugh i hate blackberrys there too high tech

  • cody

    I think a vital reason us “crackberry” users get so addicted is the amazing key boards these phones have, and the hardware itself, its just so perfect, and feels like it has been made for you special. And that light, that light is amazing and its the first thing I look for when I go to pick up my blackberry. No matter what other phones come out, I will always be using a blackberry. I actually typed this using my blackberry…

  • http://www.productive.ro/blog Rupert Wolfe Murray

    After my BlackBerry was stolen (on a packed train in Romania) I started to realise that I had become addicted to it. What shocked me was how unaware I was of my addiction, but this article is true; I couldn’t get by without checking my emails every few minutes. I would lie in bed at night waiting for that little red light to come on. It was only when two close friends told me that I was typing while they were talking to me did I realise I had a problem.

    When I tried to get a new BlackBerry they told me I’d need to spend almost $1000 (the first one I bought was about $50 as I got a 2 year subscription), and I realise this is a big scam.

    I got a really simple Nokia and am delighted with it. I feel like an alcoholic who has discovered (with a sense of surprise and delight) that the best drink of all is water.

  • Anonymous

    2 and 3 are definetly the reason I’m so addicted, my friends on bbm are always doing updates and I see that red circle and white star so I just have to get rid of it!! I’m addicted to mine and I wouldn’t give it up for an iPhone or anything!!

  • Romeo

    same thing happen to me last three month. after my berry was stolen. life was different. now when i see people taking pic of them self to put on bbm am like “look at these fools wasting time and missing out on the world nature and real life adventure. life better off for me with out a blackberry.blackberry is like drugs when you use it. my lg does my work for me. speaking out for my self not others.