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Can you pick? PDA or significant other

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Think fast: Would you rather take your Blackberry or your significant other on vacation with you?

The results of a new study on how addictive hand-held electronic devices can be may surprise you or maybe even your spouse. "I live with it."

There's a reason some call 'them 'Crackberrys. But are you having a love affair with yours? "I am on my Blackberry more than I see my boyfriend."

A new study of 6,500 traveling executives says 35 percent of them would choose their PDA over their spouse. "That's a tough call."

Blackberry or your spouse? "Oh, you don't want to go there."

And apparently that attitude is being seen in the sack.

  • 87% bring their devices into the bedroom.
  • 84% check their e-mails just before they go to sleep.
  • 80% check them in the morning as soon as they get up.

Dr. Susan Bartell, a psychologist and relationship expert, warns, "It can actually ruin relationships." 

Dr. Baretll says couples should be interfacing more, but with each other. "People are so focused on their PDAs, they're not focusing on what might be going wrong in their relationships."

Sixty-two percent of those polled say they love their Blackberry or PDA, and most of them say it makes their life more productive.

But experts suggest, for the sake of your relationship, you might occasionally, "Turn it off, spend some time with your partner, have a real relationship with a living human being".

In the world of cell phones, Blackberrys don't come cheap. They can cost hundreds of dollars. But, we want to point out, divorces aren't cheap either.

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