BlackBerrys hurt work-life balance: Professor

Some users take mobile device on honeymoons, dates and to children's sports games
||Last Updated: 02/26/2009

One woman says she caught her husband e-mailing under the table during their Valentine Day's dinner. Another woman says her companion checked his e-mail during their first date.

These are just some of the anecdotes families and friends of BlackBerry users, often called "BlackBerry orphans," give to illustrate how these devices disrupt a person's social and family life, according to a university professor in Toronto.

BlackBerry users extol the virtues of the device while family and friends find the hand-held device distracting and over-used, says Catherine Middleton, an associate professor at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management.