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You might be suffering from C.D.W.S.

Anamika was a smart, intelligent girl. She had graduated from a top-engineering college last year and had joined a very reputed MNC. She had made her parents proud. Real proud!

Anamika’s parents had lived all their days in frugality saving for her education and now their daughter was drawing a five digit salary. They had to be proud. Anamika, too, was on the top of the world making sure her parents now had access to all the comforts her money could buy. New TV, refrigerator, washing machine, food processor, a high-end smartphone for herself. She had got them everything.

Then suddenly one day Anamika came home like she had fell in a hell hole. Her parents asked her what had happened. She said she didn’t knew. She was walking on her way back home and had fell in some uncovered manhole on the road. Her parents were worried but they forgot about it as an accident.

However few days later the same thing happened again. She had the same reply – She didn’t knew how she fell into it. Now things started getting a ‘Lil more weird. Anamika would be falling while walking in the office alleyways, at times on her office floor. Sometimes she would just go bump into people or walls or lift doors. Her parents got real worried. They asked her to take leave from the office for few days and take rest at home. She did. But things didn’t change. She would fall while visiting the bathroom from the bedroom, at times stumble and fall while visiting the kitchen. Once she even bumped into the refrigerator.

Her dad took her to a hospital. There were several tests done but nothing came out. The doctors were confused themselves. They hadn’t seen something this strange in years of their medical careers. Unable to help they asked her parents to take her home and just take good care of her. And they did!

Then one day Raj came over to visit her at her home. Raj was a childhood friend and a family acquaintance. Raj was a medical student completing his final years of college. Anamika’s father told Raj about her condition and how worried he was about her. Raj asked him since when had all this started. He explained him all about the new job at the MNC, the money, the joy it brought, the home appliances, the smartphone etc.etc.

Raj immediately told him – Uncle, I think I know what she’s suffering from. It’s called “Compulsive Depressive Whatsapp Syndrome” Just deactivate the Whatsapp on her phone and she’ll be normal again. No more falling on stairs, roads, office desks, bumping into walls or people. This – my friend – is how Raj saved Anamika’s life.

Moral : Don’t keep looking into your smartphone while walking.

So, do you have Compulsive Depressive Whatsapp Syndrome? (C.D.W.S.)

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The CrackBerry Syndrome!

Crack the berry!

A slang term used to describe an over reliance on and almost obsessive need to use one’s Blackberry. Blackberry addiction has become a prevalent condition for many professional and non-professional users of the Blackberry device. Some common symptoms of Blackberry addiction include constant checking of emails and texts, answering phone calls at inappropriate times and the need to always have the smartphone device within reach.

Due to the addictive nature of the device, the device is often referred to in popular culture as the “crackberry”.

Since the introduction of Blackberry into the markets, people are getting addicted to it, many users have playfully described themselves as Blackberry addicts. Many CEOs and high-ranking business professionals have admitted to being over-reliant on their smartphone and many “detox” articles and news stories have been published. Many businesses have gone so far as to ban Blackberries from meetings and company events.

The small device creates in effect in many of its users a true addiction. Risk groups: professionals and managers,imagine what happens when they get an error massage such as blackberry error 523.

“A dependency to BlackBerry appears like every other addiction,” says the psychologist. Just like hard drug junkie that injects to prevent missing the user’s BlackBerry develop the necessity to check to ensure it to not miss anything. And like other addictions, addiction BlackBerry takes the type of a compulsion. “We are able to also think that the BlackBerry addicts produce other problems, for example workaholism (the condition of workaholics).” The workaholism focuses on work and productivity, and also the device responds perfectly for this need. Not being able to consult could cause anxiety or guilt, or perhaps a “strong craving”. Exactly how should we fight? “We control the utilization or terminates it”,like several addictions, the BlackBerry will probably affect anyone.

‘BlackBerry’ addiction: There are countless media reports of males in management and other professional occupations who are allegedly addicted to their Blackberry (or ‘Crackberry’ as the media often likes to term it). Symptoms include such things as (i) hearing a “phantom rings” and/or experiencing phantom vibrations, (ii) constantly checking e-mails and/or texts. Apparently, the content of emails and texts makes the person feel important and (like ‘tanorexia’) helps raise a person’s self esteem. Although I have often written and researched into ‘technological addictions’ I have yet to come across a case of genuine case of Blackberry addiction myself. If such an addiction does exist, there are also issues around whether the Blackberry is just a means to fuel particular addictive behavior (e.g., texting) or whether people are addicted to the Blackberry itself.

Man in bed with wife, slides his hand slowly across her back & shoulders, down towards her legs, moves back towards top & stops.Wife gasps: “Why did u stop?”Man: “Found my Blackberry, u can go to sleep now 😛
  1. You think the iPhone would be much better if it only had a physical keyboard.
  2. You sign-up on Facebook or Twitter just to try the Blackberry apps.
  3. You learn to drive with your knees!
  4. You start worrying if your Blackberry red light doesn’t flash for more than 10 minutes and check if something is wrong.
  5. You BBM your friend in class even though he is sitting right next to you.
  6. You’ve completely forgotten that a blackberry is a fruit!
  7. You wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and end-up checking your blackberry.
  8. You bumped into someone at least once ’cause you were Blackberry walking & you sometimes cross the street while texting!
  9. You’re probably reading this from your Blackberry.
And most important of all, you never go to the bathroom without your Blackberry

I thought that the only pain you get from a Blackberry device is the “Blackberry Thumb” because of -you know- too much typing… etc. but it also causes some severe Neck Aches. Even though researchers still say there’s no evidence to conclude that smartphones are injurious to health, it is commonly known that most of us do not hold their Blackberry devices to their eye-level while texting, browsing or playing games which is the main reason why we suffer from neck aches & look like Hunchback of Notre Dame! :D

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