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Crackberry : True Tales of Blackberry Use and Abuse - Kevin J. Michaluk


True Tales of Blackberry Use and Abuse

Paperback Published: 21st October 2010
ISBN: 9781430231806
Number Of Pages: 132

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A delayed train, a dip in the conversation, an early morning hour with no sleep - during these moments, do you feel an overwhelming urge to grab your BlackBerry? Do you know someone else who does? If the answer is yes, then look no further than this one-of-a-kind book...CrackBerry: True Tales of Blackberry Use and Abuse covers the phenomenon of ??BlackBerry Addiction," offering true-life accounts of BlackBerry dependence and mishaps. You'll find comfort and humor in the unbelievable tales of BlackBerry abuse and also learn some valuable tips along the way. * The definitive guide to responsible BlackBerry use. * How to tame and get the most out of your BlackBerry device * BlackBerry etiquette guidelines This book offers a comprehensive "12 Step Plan" for BlackBerry users and abusers. It's a must have if you own a BlackBerry, and maybe it's the perfect gift for a friend who is showing signs of a BlackBerry addiction. What you'll learn * Dozens of user stories that are just too funny or too sad to believe * A unique "12 Step" approach to curb your BlackBerry dependence * Use effective strategies for balancing life and your BlackBerry * Work BlackBerry etiquette tips to live by *"BlackBerry Confessions" from the authors and users from CrackBerry.com * The ??BlackBerry Quiz" to test your level of addiction Who this book is for For everyone who has used a BlackBerry smartphone! Table of Contents *"I Can't Be Without It!" *"Do I Worship My BlackBerry?" *"Step Away from the BlackBerry" *"BlackBerry Boo-Boos" *"Am I a BlackBerry Abuser?" *"OK, I Am a BlackBerry Abuser" *"Ask Others for Help" *"BlackBerry Bystanders" *"Scooping BlackBerry Poop" *"BlackBerry Etiquette" *"Conscious Contact or Constant Contact?" *"Typing the Talk and Walking the Walk" * Our Final Thoughts * CrackBerry Terms and Definitions

Contents at a Glancep. iv
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Authors' Storiesp. x
Gary's Storyp. x
Kevin's Storyp. xiv
Martin's Storyp. xviii
Introductionp. xxi
The Responsible BlackBerry Userp. xxiii
Phantom Vibrationsp. xxiv
Early Days of the CrackBerryp. xxv
Benefits of BlackBerry Wireless Emailp. xxvi
CrackBerry Terms Definedp. xxvii
Presidential BlackBerry Addictionp. xxviii
BlackBerry Addiction Avoidance Tipsp. xxviii
The Path to a BlackBerry 12 Step Programp. xxix
Our 12-Step CrackBerry Addiction Programp. xxx
"I Can't Be Without It!"p. 1
Must...Check...Messages Now!p. 3
An International Problemp. 3
The Roots of the Problemp. 4
We're Always Connectedp. 4
Communication Feels Goodp. 5
Can't Leave Home Without Itp. 6
Checking Messages Makes Us Feel Importantp. 7
He Couldn't Be Without Itp. 7
Why the BlackBerry is So Addictivep. 8
BlackBerry On Bikep. 9
Eat, Sleep, and Dream BlackBerryp. 10
Cannot Resist-Busted!p. 11
It's a One-Handed Devicep. 11
Instant Communicationp. 12
It Calls to Youp. 12
Jet Ski and Fender Bendersp. 13
The Clikety-Clack of the Keyboardp. 13
The Addictionp. 14
Vanessa's Storyp. 14
BlackBerry During a Funeralp. 18
BlackBerry Caused Mercedes Crashp. 19
We Hit a Stopped Truck at 60 mphp. 20
"Do I Worship My BlackBerry?"p. 23
Almost Hit by Bus for BlackBerryp. 25
"Step Away from the BlackBerry"p. 33
Cannot Turn It Offp. 35
BlackBerry in Showerp. 37
The World Stops Without My BlackBerryp. 38
Fear of Losing My BlackBerryp. 39
"BlackBerry Boo-Boos"p. 41
The BlackBerry Alphabetic Acrosticp. 42
BlackBerry Football Instead of Dancing with the Wifep. 44
Embarrassing Ringtone!p. 46
Taking a Moral Inventory of BlackBerry Abusesp. 48
"Am I a BlackBerry Abuser?"p. 49
The BlackBerry Addiction Quizp. 51
Assessing Your Addiction Quiz Resultsp. 53
Sneaking Away from Groupsp. 54
Cash Penalties for Use in a Meetingp. 55
Kevin's Comments on the Addiction Quizp. 56
Martin's Comments on the Quizp. 56
Musings of a BlackBerry Abuserp. 57
Dual Addictionp. 58
"OK, I Am a BlackBerry Abuser"p. 59
The Work-Life Balancep. 61
Seeing the Light at the End of the Tunnelp. 61
Lakefront Cookoutp. 62
Addiction by the Numbersp. 63
The Sheraton Hotel Studyp. 63
"Ask Others for Help"p. 65
An Exercise: What Should You Do?p. 67
Electronics Rehab Getawayp. 70
CrackBerry Massage and Spap. 71
Massage for BlackBerry Thumbp. 71
"BlackBerry Bystanders"p. 73
My 5-Year-Old Sonp. 74
BlackBerry at Funeralp. 75
Concerned Bystandersp. 77
Quotes from Concerned Bystandersp. 77
Missed a Big Hit at Baseballp. 79
Berry vs. Boyfriend: Who Wins?p. 80
Frequent Flyer's Fiasco/Stand-by Hellp. 82
Kevin's Missing Curvep. 84
Exercise: List Your Own BlackBerry Bystandersp. 85
"Scooping BlackBerry Poop"p. 87
Jam on My BlackBerry while at a Red Lightp. 91
Use BlackBerry AutoText to Reply in Carp. 91
BlackBerry on Wheel, Typing Next to A Police Officerp. 92
He Stopped in mid-Story to Use His BlackBerryp. 93
Exercise: Create a Checklist for Apologizing to Your BlackBerry Bystandersp. 94
"BlackBerry Etiquette"p. 95
BlackBerry Abuse Interventions and Etiquette Rulesp. 96
Achieve Balance with Interventionsp. 97
Addiction Avoidance Tipsp. 97
Top Ten BlackBerry Rules to Live Byp. 99
Top 10 BlackBerry Productivity Myths Bustedp. 100
Rationalizing Our BlackBerry Usep. 101
The Table Analogyp. 102
"Conscious Contact or Constant Contact?"p. 103
Helping You Reflect on Your BlackBerry Addictionp. 108
"Typing the Talk and Walking the Walk"p. 111
BlackBerry Addiction Avoidance Tipsp. 113
Advice for Employersp. 113
Advice for Parentsp. 113
Advice for All BlackBerry Usersp. 113
Our Final Thoughtsp. 115
Gary's Final Thoughtsp. 115
Kevin's Final Thoughtsp. 116
Martin's Final Thoughtsp. 117
Constant Effortp. 118
Appendix: CrackBerry Terms and Definitionsp. 121
Indexp. 127
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ISBN: 9781430231806
ISBN-10: 1430231807
Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 21st October 2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.27