Blackhole (n): A BlackBerry™ user who acts like a complete asshole by incessantly fiddling with his or her device at inopportune moments, including meetings, seminars, weddings, funerals, and intimate relations. Blackholes are characterized by near-sightedness, sensitivity to vibration, callused thumbs, and a complete disregard for people around them. See also, CrackBerry addict.
This word may be part of the modern vernacular already, but I’ve never heard it, so I’m laying my claim. Feel free to incorporate it into your vocabulary as your own.
I had the displeasure of observing a pair of blackholes in the wild during a seminar that I attended yesterday. They could scarcely put down their beloved BlackBerries long enough to pay attention to an hour-long presentation. At one point, they actually held their BlackBerries up to each other to compare incoming messages and shared a chuckle.
BlackBerries weren’t mainstream when I taught on a daily basis. Before I start to sound like a complete curmudgeon, let me say that I’m all for technology and taking meeting notes on a laptop or PDA, but these guys push the boundaries of good taste. Can’t you keep it in your pants for an hour?