It seems it has been awhile since we’ve heard about wireless devices leading to e-mail addictions.
Apparently, the trend is alive and well.
Reuters reported today in this eWeek story that Rick Ueno, general manager of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel, said he began a program that offers to lock up guest’s e-mail devices in his offices if they are looking for a break.
The perk derives from his own personal BlackBerry addiction. He recently switched to a regular cellphone.
“I was really addicted to my BlackBerry. I had an obsession with e-mail,” he told Reuters. “Morning and night. There came a time when I didn’t think it was healthy. … I quit cold turkey.
“I run a hotel with over 900 employees and thousands of guests. I think I’m more effective. I feel better. I sleep better. My family likes it,” he said of his post-BlackBerry life.
There is no charge for the service.