The Wall Street Journal today offers some cautionary notes about blackberry addiction (subscription required.) In an article aptly entitled “Blackberry Orphans”, the Journal explores the growing resentment that children have about parents who are constantly checking their blackberries.
Clearly, the blackberry is a great tool for enabling busy parents to “have it all” (i.e. work in high pressured legal jobs but still attend kids soccer games.) The key, as the article points out, is to know when to turn it off. Kids know when you are not paying attention and they will resent it.
I am reminded of an experience I had while snorkeling off the coast of Maui.
I also confess that I have been know to sneak off to check my own e-mail once or twice while my kids are brushing their teeth (last night, for example.) It’s not always easy (I always thought that the “Just Say No to Drugs” campaign that Nancy Reagan championed oversimplified the complexity of fighting an addiction.) But as with any kind of change, the first step is to recognize the problem.