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May 6, 2010

Texting during sex? Some say it's OK

Posted: 12:07 PM ET

It may sound ridiculous, but a few blogs today are considering this question:

Is it appropriate to send or receive text messages during sex?

The chatter is a spin-off from a 1,000-person survey, published in March, which found about one in 10 people younger than 25 say that they would not mind being "interrupted by an electronic message" during sex.

Among people older than 25, 6 percent said they would be fine with that inconvenience, according to the online survey by Retrevo, a website that reviews consumer electronics.

The survey reports a 4 percent error margin.

About a quarter of people in the under-25 group said they wouldn't mind getting a text message or e-mail while using the restroom (the chart actually says "on the John," but can we all agree to boycott that phrase?). And half of the younger people said they would be OK with a digital intrusion into a meal.

Older people were less fond of this all-the-time messaging. Sixty-two percent of people older than 25 said they don't like being interrupted by digital communications in general.

Maybe there's a serious conversation to be had somewhere in these salacious details.

Do you find electronic messages intruding in on your life?

Would you text during dinner with a friend? Are there any limits?

As food for thought, here's an interesting video debate about some of these issues between NYT blogger Nick Bilton and Diane Sawyer, the ABC anchor.

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Colin   May 7th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

I agree with Ryan.

AwesomeThanks   May 7th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

Greatest posts I've read in a long time, thanks everyone... still laughing!

jdub87   May 7th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

I've lol'ed so hard at the comments here; it's awesome! Although, as a 22 year old, I simply abhor texting, and I will kick a girl out with her clothes in hand as she does it during sx.

Josh   May 7th, 2010 5:59 pm ET

All this does it confirm that people aren't doing it right.

Rutherford   May 8th, 2010 12:27 am ET

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Chuck   May 8th, 2010 12:50 am ET

So it would be like making love to Stephen Hawking?

I.C Wiener   May 8th, 2010 1:25 am ET

What the f**k

Mathman   May 8th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

"Guess what? My female friend helped me with my girlfriend. I had to star 69!"

chad conte   May 8th, 2010 7:12 pm ET

Can u all Jus laeve me olone. SOMGRILS r nto taht.

Phillip   May 8th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I work at a cell phone store.. this is the EXACT reason I refuse to touch someones cell phone when they just hand it to me and say "its not working" I ask them to set it down on my counter and explain what happened... Peoples phones go exactly where their hands go sometimes and its not a pretty story when they say "oh well i dropped it in the toilet", or the infamous "you dont want to know what happened".
Purell is a must!

Anth   May 9th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

is it really serious to know what people do in their privacy? how ridiculous .. this is your intelligence.

kawasaki250f   May 9th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

lol this is stupid.

dave   May 9th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

U need 2 txt while doing it.
How else you line up the next one?

ahmad   May 10th, 2010 10:22 am ET

lol haha ๐Ÿ™‚

hoff   May 10th, 2010 1:30 pm ET

I have texted in all these situations.

Snapper   May 10th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

This whole post is based on a terrible survey and margin of error. Only 1,000 people? There are over 300 MILLION people in the US. And, a 4% margin of error means that the number of people could be anywhere with an 8 point percentage range.

Come on. How can you even call this a scitech blog if you refuse to get a more technically sound survey?

Midge   May 10th, 2010 4:54 pm ET

what if its a midget?

ashley   May 11th, 2010 1:17 pm ET


dave   May 16th, 2010 12:00 am ET

The majority of these young dim bulbs voted for Obama. So what do you expect??? Of course they wouldn't mind being interrupted by dumb technology.

Anon   May 21st, 2010 10:17 pm ET

You guys are idiots...Interrupted by a text doesn't mean they stopped to answer their phone, it simply means that someone texted them while they were doing the deed. I don't think anyone actually replies to text messages while doing the deed.

And as far as text messaging goes, people, look all around you. Chances are, if you're over 35, your children know more than you do about...Well, pretty much everything you do.

Electronics are clearly replacing the physical, allowing for more freedom in actions, movements, etc. If you own a pc, it's your fault. If you've bought a phone, it's your fault. iPod? Gaming console? Your fault. Hell, even if you own a dvd player, it's your fault. You paid for them to continue the development. "Some of our buyers like to travel... so how about we make one that can sit in their lap so they can watch movies in public!"

Instead of whining about it...Do something about it...

Brian   June 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

There's a website for it now haha!

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Adam, Berkeley   November 1st, 2010 10:41 am ET

I mean this in the best way possible, but I hate people, and I hate technology.

Gerry   November 1st, 2010 1:12 pm ET

texting during sex is only acceptable if it's a typical several-hour-marathon.. Say you're coming up for air, taking a breather between sessions, check twitter, send a quick text, then go off to round 7 or wherever you left off.

lucy snutgh   November 1st, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I am just plain tired of cell phones and texts. My 10 yr old grand daughter and my daughter-in-law texted ten times a day when my daughter-in-law went away fir the weekend – it doesn't seem to have occurred to her that a 10 year old needs to learn a little independence. Every time mommy got through, the little girl got all teary-eyed, she couldn't be away from her cell phone for more than a few minutes, had it under the dinner table to check it. This is egotism on Mommy's part who still needs to be the center of the child's attention and terrifically destructive – as all helicopter parents are – to the kids development. I am sick of my acquaintances who interrupt lunch or just conversation to talk to their adult kids, instead of ignoring the phone or saying "I'll call you back later". I am choosing different friends when this happens, it is just way to self-centered and rude.

what@dbb   November 2nd, 2010 2:28 am ET

the world truly is getting dumber. The less educated propagate at a higher rate than the rest. it is an unfortunate correlation deviating significantly from the Darwinian/God-given evolutionary tale.

dbf   November 2nd, 2010 5:57 pm ET

I can see answering one, Maybe two, txt messages at a meal, but any more than that, I would rather not eat with you. I had supper with a friend who 3/4 times when I was talking would get a message, read it, and say something out loud or laugh about it. HELLO, I'm trying to talk here!!

Randy D in Providence NC   November 2nd, 2010 7:52 pm ET

These young girls (but over 18!) need to find a 40 year old such as I to make love to. Obviously they are picking very poor lovers. Trust me girls, if you are with me, you won't even remember you have a cell phone!

Ever had an orgasm? I don't mean a vibrating ring, lmao.

Bobo   November 3rd, 2010 3:06 pm ET

Text during sex ?? Never . . . my opinion is only an inconsiderate ass would do such a thing.
On the toilet texting – or taking a call – never. Disgusting, repulsive, childish, & arrogant.
Texting or taking a call when eating out ?? The only time I'd ever do that if if I'm waiting on an additional companion who maybe is running late & I see their name pop up on my phone. Otherwise looking at your phone is the height of rudeness to your dinner companion.
BTW, I'm a mature, 50 something adult, & yes I know ther are a lot of 30 something children who think all of the above is OK.

Bobo   November 3rd, 2010 3:13 pm ET

Uhh . . . note to "iLoveApple App" . . . you say your girlfriend would be texting her girlfriends while you were inside her ??
Let's hope you're making a joke, because if not then you must be all of 4 inches long which would explain her wanting to do something constructive while you fiddled around leaving her unsatisfied.

Robin Burns   November 8th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

So are we that detached from the real world now that this question can be asked at all? Yikes-give me back my life! Even better, get real people. We are not robots.

Tif S   June 9th, 2011 12:25 pm ET

Text during sex-not polite of course, rude, inconsiderate but
sometimes...very rarely... there are emergencies. it is just the person
answering it. are you going to lean over and look at your phone? it just
depends on the person.

Texting on toliet- Who cares? It's not like they know i am peeing. Actually
talking on the phone while on the toliet. well duh, that is a bit rude.

Texting during a meal-Once again who cares? IF you are at home or
with friends, as long as your nose isn't buried in the screen, who cares?
At the parents house or somewhere fancy, probably not the best
thing to do.

I realize a lot of you on here are older, but we younger generations
have a different view and are more tolerance of certain things.
Just because a few percent of the population like to make asses
out of themselves, does not mean that the rest of us are as

Krystle   June 15th, 2011 4:52 pm ET

I think this electronic rubbish has become ridiculous. Why can't people just put their mobile devices down and actually have a conversation with someone? Or even have sex without having to post every position and anything else they maybe doing in bed. This has become a voyeuristic sick society. I feel very bad for the children of the future. People buying these devices are just feeding into the greedy, perverted corporations who look to allow this nonsense to be posted.

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