My “It’s 2009, and I don’t have a Smartphone” moment

August 14, 2009 at 12:29 PM 4 comments

I think it came some time between seeing this:

email

this:

TwitterBerry

and this:

Fbook mobile

I had my moment. The “I’m in the PR field. It’s 2009. And I don’t have a mobile Internet. WTH, am I thinking?” moment.

Truth-be-told, I resisted even the idea of being connected via mobile Web for almost two-years. Eventually I caved, if only, for convenience. I’m not sure when exactly it happened, but it definitely can be attributed to my SM use (read: addiction), and the feeling of necessity.

I admit it: sometimes I feel like I “just have to check my Facebook/Twitter/blogs.”

Between keeping up with my friends on Facebook and FriendZ on Twitter (more on the *Z in this post), I found myself jumping from laptop to desktop and back throughout the day just to keep up with what was going on. And for what? So I wouldn’t be tethered to the online world through a three-inch screen?

What I’ve found in my first few days after joining the BlackBerry Club, is that the three-inch screen is liberating. No longer am I chained to the desk, running to my different computers throughout the day checking for @mentions or tagged pictures. I’m able to live my life AND stay connected.

Though my girlfriend may argue that I’m slightly distracted at times (and more into my online life than my real life), I feel like my BB has given me the balance I’ve been missing. But, then again,  maybe that’s just a mis-self-perception.

I am wondering about other people’s habits though. When do you shut your mobile device off or leave it at home? What are the drawbacks of being available 24/7 for you? The advantages?

Hit me up here. Don’t worry, I’ll see the comments coming in almost instantly.

chained image courtesy of singleinla.today.com

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Austin Corthell  |  August 14, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Great title for your blog -feels like a reference to being a Browns fan too. I can barely keep up with the analog world alone so I am very disconnected from the online/SM world. I only tweet when I’m off work so my online interactions are very sporadic. I like to ignore my mobile phone as much as possible, unless I’m meeting someone. But I’m sure I’m very much the exception in the 2.0 PR world. Keep up the good blogging! Also, interested in why you chose a BB over an Iphone (AT&T perhaps).

  • 2. chuckhemann  |  September 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Hey Chris – yeah, welcome to the world of PR! Great, huh? Perhaps I’m a bad example, but I almost never shut off the access to my smartphone. Partly because it’s addictive, but also because I feel like I have a responsibility to be connected to what’s happening at work. That primarily means e-mail, but when I’m checking e-mail I figure I might as well check Twitter and Facebook as well. Then that leads to blogs, and bam! I’m hooked in AGAIN.

  • 3. Chris  |  September 11, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Thanks for stopping by, Chuck, and I can definitely relate. It’s easy to get sucked in.

    One of the greatest advantages I’ve noticed is that I can fill voids in my day that I used to consider wasted time. This morning, for instance, I read a blog post while filling my gas tank.

    But even with the constant engagement, I’m still wondering how PRODUCTIVE I’m really being. Other than responding to emails, I think most of my BB activities (mostly in SM) can be categorized as “play,” not “work.”

  • 4. CJE  |  September 22, 2009 at 9:13 AM

    There is no such thing as being unconnected anymore, at least not for me. My company’s operations never stop, which means our exposure to risk never stops. Thus, the BlackBerry is on 24/7/365, unless the battery dies.

    However, I’m not sure this constant connectedness is all that different from any other constant activity in human history. Like, say, hunting and foraging to stay alive, which I imagine was a pretty constant pre-occupation in the pre-agrarian days. So go to the woods and live deliberately, but remember your BlackBerry!

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