Monday, April 7, 2008

Taking Electronics to Bed

This quote in Elle magazine from Madonna (about bedtime with husband):

"We lie right next to each other with our BlackBerrys under our pillows. It's not unromantic, it's practical. I'm sure loads of couples have their BlackBerrys in bed with them. I often wake up in the middle of the night and remember that I've forgotten something, so I jump up and make notes."

OK, I'm speechless. Is the thought if you shrink the technology enough, then it's fine anywhere? Or do many have paper by their bed anyway in case think of something at night, and this is just making another paper process electronic?

BUT ... if you never put your laptop in bed with you, is it now "normal" to put a BlackBerry under a pillow? At association offices, if policies you can't spend much of the day with personal visitors or making personal calls from the office, does smaller technology make it okay to Twitter and text with personal friends throughout the business day? In thinking about productivity and constant/immediate access, it's really difficult to tell what's efficient and what's a drain .

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