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Can The BlackBerry Wreck Relationships?

I'm sure if I tallied how many of you have had arguments with your significant other related to your cell phone in any way, shape or form, the numbers would be quite high. Whether it be ambiguous text messages or ignored calls, the cell phone can sometimes rock the relationship boat.

In the case of Rafael Paz, Network World explained how his now ex-girlfriend was furious with him for not responding to her e-mails. You see, Rafael had a BlackBerry and was affected by the massive BlackBerry blackout in April, which caused e-mails to arrive four hours late.

"We got into a really bad argument earlier in the day," he replies. "She sent me a few e-mails and when I didn't respond right away, she thought I was ignoring her and called it off. I didn't get the e-mail it was over until around 2 a.m. today."

Ouch! His solution? He called RIM and told them to give him an upgrade on a new girlfriend. Harsh sir. Very harsh.

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poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 9 years
hahahaha. i got a blackberry today; and entirely jokingly the bf - who has an iphone - said "this might be the end of us". i knew he was kidding but hes such a mac fan it may not have surprised me haha.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
his ex-gf broke up with him b/c he wasn't responding to her emails? is she missing a few crayons in the box? who does that? if my boyfriend didn't hear email responses from me (we usually email throughout the day), he would worry about my well-being before he'd get angry at me! i don't think it's blackberries. i think it's crazy people!
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
It's part of the problem, but not the main thing :)
pnai_foxxx pnai_foxxx 10 years
lol seriously the GIRLFRIEND is the problem. PEOPLE wreck relationships, not objects. their impatience, lack of understanding, impulsiveness,not showing enough affection, cheating, etc--DUH!!!
mishelleanne mishelleanne 10 years
I got into a little tiff last year with my then-boyfriend constantly texting his bestfriend who is a girl who is his EX girlfriend!!! I told him that I felt that he shouldn't be texting her 24-7 while WE were hanging out!!! He told me it didn't mean anything. Yah. Two months later guess who he got engaged to. {they ended up calling it off, but yah, cell phones can cause some issues!!!}
poetess poetess 10 years
His situation is unfortunate, but there are other means of communication. I do not think it is wise to use email to communicate serious relationship matters.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I've one and my hubby and I get along great :) I say it depends.
Calimie Calimie 10 years
macgirl: excellent system. If you can't talk to the other person and ask why they didn't answer, you can't jump to conclusions. I don't think technology can make people break up unless one of them is a bit of an idiot to begin with.
Bella-Adriana Bella-Adriana 10 years
ok firstly you wanna talk to your other half, you call him! I do admit though that when I was in a Long Distance relationship and the time difference was really bad if I saw him ping online through his blackberry I would expect him to chat as well as text back or email (100% communication!! hah)... sadly he was (and still is as a friend) the worlds worst communicator so even though now I realize he wasn't actually ignoring me that he generally couldn't talk to me on his berry during his 9am meeting, it was to me at the time the worst thing in the world....oh the accusations that flew those days! ! As for keeping permanent connection to your other half, hmm I dont think I would really like that they may as well put a tracking chip in me so they know where I am all the time! ew! Although I do admit I carry my cell EVERYWHERE and am connected to the internet 24/7 through it...
wowjules wowjules 10 years
If someone is depending on a blackberry to do all their inter-relationship communication...
macgirl macgirl 10 years
My husband and I have worked out a system. If either of us doesn't respond to a text or email then we need to actually CALL the other one before jumping to conclusions. Turns out it works like a charm ;-)
rb24 rb24 10 years
There is nothing worse then being out with someone and they are on there crackberrys non stop.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
I often forget to lock my blackberry, and it calls people all the time. I could see it doing that while I was b*tching about someone I was seeing to a friend. The perils of technology!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 10 years
I think it really depends. It CAN wreck a relationship if the relationship's already on the rocks. So I think it's a two-way street. It does sound like the girl was a bit crazy to begin with if she was getting pissed at him over that sorta thing, but then again, we don't know the girl's SIDE of the story, so I'd have to hear both sides in order to figure it out.
steen steen 10 years
If she flipped out because of stupid e-mails, she was a little unstable to begin with!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
I think I've seen stupider and less complex devices wreck relationships, but it depends on the person. That girl sounds like she might have been a little unreasonable anyway, before assuming he was ignoring me I'd probably ask if he'd read the e-mails in the first place!
queencessjosie queencessjosie 10 years
Yeah, like Asciident said, I think it was more of his girlfriend's problem. Being able to contact your significant other at any given time doesn't mean your bombarding them is okay. People are busy, and most people who have PDAs, like BlackBerries, use them for work purposes, or organization. She sounds a bit clingy to me.
shini shini 10 years
nah I think its how people use blackberry...and yeh, it prolly is like that for every phone if your reception is generally bad...
asciident asciident 10 years
Sounds like it was his girlfriend that was the problem, not the BlackBerry.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
My room back home and my former residence room got very little reception. And when I say very little, I mean I had to have my cell leaning up against a window to get calls. Sometimes I didn't recieve texts for 24-48 hours after they were sent to me. Once for a whole weekend. I had a fight with the guy I was with right before he left for a tournament that weekend, and he originally was supposed to visit me. He didn't come because he thought I was pissed and not answering his messages. Meanwhile I thought we were done and he didn't want to fix things because he didn't even try and contact me (he had done something low that started the fight). I got the texts he sent all weekend on Monday morning. It's not only a blackberry that can ruin things.
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