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Sunday, July 25, 2010
While watching this episode of "Kourtney & Khloe Kardashian; Take Miami" ( yes, I watch) it sparked a debate between my mother and I. My Mother told me that Kim's obsessive blackberry behavior reminded her a lot of me. Is it true? am I addicted to my Blackberry? Check out the clip that aired last week.



Okay I'll admit, at times I am a bit consumed with my phone. If I am not checking BBM, I'm texting or emailing. I don't talk on my phone that often but I'm usually on it checking something, anything. I've decided on the weekends to limit my Blackberry use. I vow to shut off my phone for hours and take that time to relax, read, write, do basically anything else than touch my Blackberry. I started this weekend and so far it went well.

(Khendra, Jonesy, Karima at a Birthday party)

Top 10 Ways To Know You’re Addicted to Your BlackBerry

1. You avoid walking into people or objects on your way to class/work, because your eyes are glued to your BlackBerry.

2. You wake up in the middle of the night for water and instinctively check your phone for new messages.

3. You play with your phone for comfort in awkward situations.

4. You keep your BlackBerry on the table during meals, next to your laptop and basically within eyesight at all times. When you must put it away, you have a designated pocket or compartment for it in your bag.

5. You spend an exorbitant amount of time playing games on your phone such as BrickBreaker.

6. You hear someone else’s phone vibrate and feel a desperate and searing urge to check yours. Or even worse, you hear a vibrating noise, check your phone and realize you were imagining it. (Side note: Hallucinations of the blinking red light are also common).

7. You base who your friends are on your BlackBerry Messenger contact list. For example, during a recent discussion with a friend about an old hook up that ended awkwardly, I asked, “so are you guys on okay terms now?” Her response: “Yeah, we’re good now — we’re BBM friends!”

8. You can’t stop yourself, even if you are with a group of people, from responding to messages or looking at your phone. After you finish typing, you might even look up to find that everyone else in the group is on their phones too.

9. You can’t get through work/class without checking your phone during the day. Once you see the blinking red light, you feel the incessant need to check who’s messaging you or what they are saying.

10. You feel anxious and stressed when your BBMs don’t go through. You have a panic attack when your battery gets low and will do anything to borrow a charger (including, as a friend of mine did, leaving a party to sit in a random person’s room until it had sufficient charge or even worse another friend who went to a AT&T store to unplug a phone they were selling to charge hers for 30 minutes). And if your phone actually dies, you feel naked without it.

Credit: Based on my own personal experience and here

27 comments on "Shutdown"
  1. I have to agree with your mama about Kim. I think it's rude to be in the company of a person and constantly checking your phone (I haev to stop doing this so much with my beau). lol

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  2. i dont have a blackberry so i cant really relate LOL

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  3. haha, so true. I have the kind of addiction with my iphone... we are all so obsessed with technology :)
    *Nathalie

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  4. i don't think im addicted but my friends do take my blackberry when we go out dancing floor. Idk why I like playing on my phone while dancing..lol

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  5. Umm I don't have a BB but I'm like this with my phone and its a LG Envy touch 2 and I have anxiety if I leave it at home. lol.. So I think it's just the phone period.

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  7. Hahaha! I know so many people like this, and used to be one myself. I made myself stop about two years - best thing I did.

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  8. hahah! i love my phone but ive gone without it for months before. im mostly just addicted to the people or person trying to get in contact with me thats what drives me nuts! lol and oh yeah I love the kardashians dont feel ashamed! lol i watch too! :)

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  9. LMFAO. This put a smile on my face.
    And sometimes I do not hallucinate that the red light is blinking. -_-. It blinks sometimes when I do not have messages then I get anxious and think oh no. Did I miss a message as to why it is blinking.

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  10. That birthday party must have been SUCH a bore.

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  11. Yeah - definitely addicted to my BB!

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  12. LOL, I love this post! I watched that episode too & she is DAMN obsessed.

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  13. love the 10 tips and i love the photo :3

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  14. lol, I'm not fully addicted, but i've definitely had the vibrate and red blinking light hallucination. and i'm still in spain mode, where i didn't have a phone, and i kinda didn't care. yay me!

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  15. I'm pretty bad with my own cell phone and computer (unfortunately, I don't have a blackberry). I really know how you're feeling! But once you do break out of it, it's awesome to be without :)

    Best regards, lineandree.blogspot.com

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  16. great post! nice blog!

    check out my latest post

    greets,
    Vicky from HotGossip

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  17. you are so beautiful! i am following you as well, and yes, cellphones DO get addicting, I just put mine in the other room, and turn the volume on loud so I only use it when someone needs me, haha =]

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  18. Ha ha great post I am an iPhone users but still relate to these in different ways of course but still the same xoxo

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  19. Nice blog you have here!!!

    Haha. I'd be obsessed with a Blackberry if I had one. But I settled for being obsessed with my friends!

    Best wishes from one blogger to another,

    ~Zabrinah

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  20. Lol I think I might try that out. But I have an iPhone and I like to have it by me 24/7 so Imma turn it off. I'll first start wen I get on the plane. Lol

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  21. Cute post! I definitely think people are wayyy to attached to their mobile devices. I hate when people use it at a meal!

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  22. i'm not as bad as kim. i don't use my phone when i am at a restaurant, BUT that is abt the only time i'm not doing something with my phone. the only other time i'm phone free is when i am driving...and i mean literally driving. let me stop at a light and i am reaching for the phone. so yes, i would say i am addicted to my BB.

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  23. Girl, how about I was at Alvin Ailey waiting for my class to start and tried to borrow a charger from the staff. I couldn't imagine being without my phone lol

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  24. Yes, I am addicted to my Blackberry. I had to promise my husband I would turn it off once I am home. I still sneak into my closet and look at it from time to time. I use mine for work, so that makes it even harder because I don't want to miss any business info.

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