I will not admit that I have a problem. I like my BlackBerry and thats that. Whenever I read articles like this one on Forbes.com I always wonder why the millions of iPod & Mac users don’t get labeled as addicts. They always seem to get the much nicer label of enthusiasts.
So I decided to do some Googling to define what an addict is:
Slang for person with an addictive disorder. This stigmatizing term is demeaning because it labels a person by his/her illness. …
someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; “a golf addict”; “a car nut”; “a bodybuilding freak”; “a news junkie”
And then I Googled enthusiast:
an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
a person having a strong liking for something
Am I the only one who thinks that enthusiast is a better term?
Forbes.com cites the study of David Vance & Nada Kakabadse (love the last name) who found in a study that a third of BlackBerry users show signs of addiction similar to alcoholics. This just brings to mind the old t-shirt I had in college. “I am not an alcoholic, I am a drunk”
So I have to ask what do you think we should be labeled as, a addict? or an enthusiast? Personally I just think it depends on perspective.
BTW: If you want a good laugh check out the Forbes.com “Rules To BlackBerry By”