BlackBerrys really are addictive,
says researcher

Employers could face legal action for requiring workers to use the devices
||Last Updated: 09/18/2006

The BlackBerry, the mobile all-in-one electronic device, deserves the nickname 'CrackBerry,' according to a United States researcher.

The smart phones, a combination cellphone, e-mail and web browser, made by Waterloo, Ont.-based Research in Motion, can be highly addictive and damaging to the employees who use them, said Gayle Porter, an associate professor of management at the Rutgers University School of Business in New Jersey.

Porter predicts American employees who can't keep their BlackBerry use within reasonable parameters, to the point where it begins to affect their personal lives, will eventually sue employers that require workers to use a BlackBerry.