Suddenly, Mobile Phone Operators Are Big Supporters Of Smoking Bans...

from the smexting? dept

If you suddenly start hearing stories about mobile phone operators being big supporters of bans on smoking, perhaps a new report is the reason why. Apparently, telcos in the UK are noticing a recent surge in text messaging, which they attribute to a new ban on smoking in confined spaces. The working theory is that smokers need something to do with their hands to keep them busy, and that texting is taking up that free time, now that they can't smoke. It's as good a theory as any, but it seems unlikely to have a very longterm impact.
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    The Swiss Cheese Monster, 9 Aug 2007 @ 11:54pm

    Whatever they can do to make a buck!

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    Julian Bond, 10 Aug 2007 @ 12:18am

    Or is it?

    What I'm seeing in London is large numbers of people standing around outside offices, pubs and clubs with a cigarette in one hand and a mobile in the other. I don't think it's texting as a displacement activity. I think it's multi-tasking and keeping working while having a smoke break.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Aug 2007 @ 5:51am

      Re: Or is it?

      i think its more that in a group of people, maybe one or two are smokers. therefore, when they gotta go out and smoke, the whole group doesn't go with them. they need something to occupy their time while waiting to finish the cigarette, so they'll text people.

      It's a matter of the ban causing them to break away from the social activity to smoke and text messaging allows them to keep some sort of social connection.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Aug 2007 @ 4:59am

    I agree with Julian Bond's comment, though I think it's just boredom most of the time

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    Dewey, 10 Aug 2007 @ 5:55am

    Interesting, but....

    I always thought smoking was an oral fixation, at least that's what Freud had said. Does this mean I can stop chasing women that smoke?

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    Frogpond, 10 Aug 2007 @ 5:55am

    Bass Akwards Again

    In my place of employment we are not allowed to smoke or text. Seems that the boss-man wants us to use our hands for work. What a beast!
    If the increase in texting is related to the smoking ban at all, it is most likely due to the fact that employers are allowing workers to step outside for a quick smoke. Texting while smoking allows them to annoy more people at the same time. The reason they text is that most of us can't take the time to answer their voice calls because, guess what, we're working.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Aug 2007 @ 6:16am

    Fuck you bassakwards. I'll go out for a cigarette if I want to. Don't tell me you are better than I am because you're working while I'm taking a smoke break, because I'll be working while you're taking a shit.

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      Unknowledgeable Geek, 10 Aug 2007 @ 6:43am

      Re:

      Yeah, but if you are smoking, odds are you are going to shit more often than myself, who is not smoking. All though I shit and smoke all day long.

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        Krum, 10 Aug 2007 @ 6:57am

        Re: Re:

        It's my day off so I get to shit and smoke all day at the same time....and text. Since I've unlimited sms, I don't think it makes a difference to my carrier.

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      Frogpond, 10 Aug 2007 @ 7:29am

      Re:

      Calm down AC. Didn't mean anything personal. Some of my best friends were smokers. They didn't text 'cause they died before all that came around.

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    Evan, 10 Aug 2007 @ 7:30am

    It's Now Proven...

    hell, they accumulated 2 whole weeks worth of data. the 'theory of smexting' can now be called 'the absolutely, positively, true scientific fact of smexting.' weak hypothesis. stupid limeys...

    besides, try living here in los angeles where you can't even smoke in a bar. i wish my second-hand smoke would kill all these jag-offs...

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    MissingFrame, 10 Aug 2007 @ 9:49am

    Happens to me

    Any time I get a SMS from a smoker it's usually a 99% chance they are on a smoke break. For non-smokers it's while they're on the toilet, so I think these guys should push high-fiber diets as well.

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