BlackBerry features in 'top ten addictions'

12 February 2009 — 5:00 PM

Consumers in the market for the latest phones may find themselves subject to some new addictions, a recent study suggests.

According to research published this week - and timed to coincide with a new TV show entitled Rehab on Living TV - people in the UK are addicted to a number of things, including their BlackBerry.

The Research In Motion handsets were featured tenth in the list behind other obsessions including chocolate, checking bank statements, shopping, junk food and Facebook.

And with most BlackBerrys now providing access to the social networking site through a special downloadable application, the combination of the two could tempt those looking to rid themselves of used mobiles.

New US president Barack Obama recently became the first commander-in-chief to have constant access to his emails - via his trusted BlackBerry. The former senator had previously advised White House staff that he would struggle without it.

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