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BlackBerry etiquette: Where's Nancy Mitford when you need her?

In a study cited by the New York Times, a third of the 5,300 workers polled admitted that they “frequently checked e-mail in meetings”. But apparently, they often do so at their peril. According to the esteemed organ, there’s now a significant schism between correct etiquette over BlackBerry use in quorums, forums and symposiums.

On one side there are those who argue that it’s important to be in reach at all times (let’s call them the you-snooze-you-lose lobby). Lining up against them, meanwhile, are workers who see fiddling with a handset, even one as vital to business users and lovely as as the BlackBerry Curve 8320, as an affront when someone is trying to address you.

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Personally, we’re undecided. But given that the majority of meetings are mind-numbing affairs that actually distract you from getting your job done, we can certainly empathise with those who feel it’s more important to attend to pressing e-mails.

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