Are you a Gadgict or Gadgetolic?

By Kevin Michaluk on 24 Jan 2008 01:42 am EST

I'm Definitely a Gadgict or GadgetolicNew York Times blogger John Tierny posted a Gadget Addiction story yesterday based on the Five Signs of Gadget Addiction, as developed by John O’Neill, director of addictions services for the Menninger Clinic.

According to O'Neill, the five signs are:

  1. You’d rather text than talk face-to-face.
  2. You can’t leave home without it. You can’t relax without constantly checking for email or messages; a cell phone ear piece becomes a permanent part of your wardrobe.
  3. Your family or friends ask you to stop, but you can’t. The Internet becomes a more powerful draw than spending time with family or friends or other favorite activities.
  4. You miss important life moments.
  5. You can’t stop even after it gets you in trouble, like being in a car accident while talking on the cell phone.

As Tierny, who often prefers texting over conversation and can't leave home without his Treo (booo!) says, does that make one an addict, gadgict or gadgetolic?

I think O'Neill's five signs are pretty solid but he's missing out on the key point - people who are truly addicted to their gadgets never ever think they have an actual problem (I always think the people who don't have a BlackBerry glued to their body have the problem - don't they know what they're missing!?!).

Another point O'Neill is missing is that gadget addictions don't just affect our waking hours these days... I just read a post over at yesterday about a study in Sweden and the United States that found using a cell phone just before bedtime interferes with sleep patterns - apparently the radiation from cell phone radios gets into your head and prevents you from getting into a deep sleep pattern.

I really liked Tierny's use of the words gadgict and gadgetolic in the NYT blogs - not as cool as CrackBerry but pretty good. I think I'm going to start using those terms on a regular basis (check out and ...haha!).

So what's the verdict? Are you a Gadgict? A Gadgetolic? A CrackBerry? Or one of those lucky unlucky enough to not have the addiction?! Keep in mind, if you seriously need to address your BlackBerry Addiction problem, check out's 13 Step Program (12 just isn't enough!).

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Reader comments

Are you a Gadgict or Gadgetolic?


You left out a few things like.....

having cold chills and a nasty sweat when your away from your BB for over 20 minutes. Can't sleep without it perfectly balanced on top of the throw pillows on the empty side of your bed so you can watch your favorite DVD's before nodding off to BB land. Adopting 2 pitbulls from your local animal shelter to protect your BB charger when not at home. Quitting your job because your BB is so amazing you assume it will some how magically pay the bills for you.

Please tell me its not just me! =P

Well over the past few weeks I have ran into shall we say personal issues regarding "gadget usage" mostly pertaining to the internet and my blackberry, I would like to stress the fact at this point that if your loved ones are having issues with your "usage" it's best to NOT ignore them....nothing is as important as your loved ones and your family, if you don't heed this you may find yourself moving your things out to the door's all fine to kid and play around about "gadget additcion" or "crackberry addiction" but for some people, it is a serious issue that really has no end to damage it can do...

I'm gonna jump off the soap box now, I'm not one to force opinions down peoples throats in any sort of way, but just think about it, if you ever find yourself in a position like that with your family and loved ones...

I'm about to be 21 years old and I have a blackberry curve, a motorola q, and an HTC Tilt, yes they all work and yes they all have the data plan, and yes i carry ALL three at all times with me in class, at work (i work for at&t), i also carry and ipod. Yes i have my emails forwarded to all phones, so yes i get it 3 times. I text about 6000 times a month, and talk on the phone with the same amount of minutes. I am a full blown addict, and don't care at all :)