For the past two years I’ve been That Guy.  You know, that guy who walks down the hall, eyes fixed on the tiny screen of a “mobile device.”  That guy who jokes about checking his “Crackberry” as if acknowledging the problem in an ironic tone makes it less of a problem.  That guy who will pull out his Blackberry and check email or browse blogs whenever conversation lulls, or while waiting in line or even in traffic jams.

I’ve certainly had a few times when the Blackberry has come in useful.  I’ve used it to Google addresses and directions while my wife is driving, and taken pictures at family events when I didn’t have a real camera, and checked Wikipedia to fact-check topics of discussion.  Fun stuff.  I’ve grown accustomed to knowing almost immediately whenever I get email or a comment here on the blog.  And so on.

But if I were to be honest with myself, as I am right now, it’s mainly been a waste of money and attention.  The access fees are pretty steep ($30/month for interwebs?!?).  But most importantly it’s made me constantly distracted, and I’m putting a stop to it.  When my Blackberry started acting “funny” last week (initiating Voice dialing at random times) I decided to just get a regular phone. Maybe with a camera because that is very convenient but that’s it.  No web, no email, no WordPress or (Dog help me) Facebook apps. (Facebook would be another waste of time if I ever logged on but I find that very easy to ignore, even though it’s put me in contact with a few people I haven’t seen in years.  Early on, I got burned out on Mafia Wars requests, so now I just check in every week or so to see what my sister and other family members are posting, and maybe post an update once a month).

So this will certainly mean I’ll be even less involved with the blogging community, as my M.O. was to check Eternal Keep or other aggregators on those walks from my desk to the break area or the bathroom, and browse them at lunch and sometimes at both of my coffee breaks, and send myself links by email for things I want to check out at home on the real computer when there are files or maps or other things you can’t really make out on a 2″x2″ screen.  I’ll kind of miss that.   But, I think the rest of my life will benefit — better concentration at work, more focus st home, less distraction.

Published in: on January 11, 2011 at 6:38 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. Congrats!

    I’m in the same boat – I often have to take web work home (the Internetz never sleep!), but I’m trying to reduce my ‘blog reading’ allotment.

    There’s much good stuff out there, but there’s just not enough time…

  2. “More focus st home”. Is that supposed to be “at”?

    • Oh. Yeah. I make a lot of typos when I post from my Blackberry.

  3. I thought about making the jump to an iPhone, but I have no pressing need for a smartphone other than knowing how one works for another hatchmark on my “librarian proficiency” checklist. I check most of my blogs (including this one!) on breaks at work.

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