BlackBerry Syndrome, the new health concern

I don’t own a BlackBerry, but if I did, I’d be concerned about getting BlackBerry Syndrome.Blackberry

Many mobile phone addicts and BlackBerry junkies report feeling
vibrations when there are none, or feeling as if they’re wearing a cell
phone when they’re not.

The first time it happened to Jonathan Zaback, a manager at the
public relations company Burson-Marsteller, he was out with friends and
showing off his new BlackBerry Curve.

"While they were looking at it, I felt this vibration on my side. I
reached down to grab it and realized there was no BlackBerry there." [Link]

Ah, the first stages of BlackBerry Syndrome. It’s going to get progressively worse. The phantom vibrations will become more frequent, more jolting, until Zaback and other BlackBerry junkies have no choice but to seek treatment at the BARC (BlackBerry Addiction Recovery Center).

Patient: "Hello! Is anyone there? I feel vibrations! Every second of every minute, there are vibrations!"

Nurse: "Doctor, come quick! We have a serious case of BlackBerry overdose."

Doctor (running): "Have you given him the antidote?"

Nurse: "Yes, but he’s not responding."

Patient: "Hello! Is anyone there? I feel vibrations! Every second of every minute, there are vibrations!"

Nurse: "He keeps saying the same thing, over and over."

Doctor: "Looks like delirium has set in. He’s in the final stages. You’d better tell his family."

Nurse: "I just spoke to his wife. She went home to get his BlackBerry. She says he might want to hold it one last time."

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