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Gwyneth Paltrow Says People Are Happier in Spain Because They Turn Their BlackBerrys Off

Is Turning Off Your BlackBerry the Key to Happiness?

Oh, Gwyneth Paltrow. The Oscar winner recently made some comments about how much she loved Spain and how different it was from the US, citing their enjoyment of life more — and attributing it to a lack of cell phone connectivity.

She said:

"They aren't running around as much as in New York. They enjoy time with the family. They don't always have their BlackBerry on."

So . . . the key to happiness is letting your BlackBerry die and not recharging it right away?

Maybe she meant not having it always attached to your head (which gets awkward in intimate situations anyway), but I don't think that my level of happiness would shoot up if I turned my cell phone off.

What do you make of Ms. Paltrow's quote?

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devils devils 6 years
I like having my BB with me, just not attached to my head all them time :p It's nice when you can control not having access to the phone... but when its something you cant help it can be rather stressful as I found out about a month ago >_<. I like to keep mine on & charged. It's also a nice watch since I don't wear one :p
KadBunny KadBunny 6 years
Nah, it's not so bad; key word "always". I have to agree. I mean I don't know first-hand but my teacher from Barcelona says the same thing; moving to LA was a big change for her. It's very laid-back in Spain, I mean siestas?! Literally taking naps, businesses included? :D It's awesome. We're so wired 'cause we're so, well, wired (ha!).
ekstor ekstor 6 years
I didn't see that quote that way at all... I gather she's just talking about their culture and how it isn't as electronically-fanatical as our culture currently is.
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