They said the palmtop gadgets, which have been nicknamed
‘crackberries’ because users quickly become hooked on them, could be
seriously damaging to mental health.
The study, carried out by New Jersey’s Rutgers University
School, claims the Blackberry is fuelling a rise in email and internet
addiction, with sufferers able to survive only a few minutes without
checking for new mail.
One key sign of a user being addicted is if they focus on their Blackberry ignoring those around them