Ah yes, the ubiquitous blackberries, otherwise known as crackberries. Pretty much everyone has them now, from the staff associates all the way to partners. PWC initially started the trend of paying for cellphone bills, which led staff associates, who really had no use for them, to get them. Then everybody else seemed to jump on the bandwagon. They vibrate every few minutes, indicating you have emails, even though you're sitting right next to your computer. Some even prefer to reply to emails using their blackberries while at work. We're constantly staring at them when not at work, heck, who cares about human interaction these days. I won't be surprised if the firms pull the plug on paying bills until the managerial level, if the current economic conditions continue. And then we all look at those individuals without crackberries with disdain, like they're lower class citizens. Don't lie, I know you do.
Don't get me wrong, i love using my blackberry. Helps when i'm "working remotely" to give everyone the impression that i'm working. But now i'm expected to respond to emails late in the night or over the weekend? Oh well, no free lunch.