Don't drink and SMS

2006-12-11 10:17
Cape Town - Ever been unable to fight a desire to send flirty SMSs while drunk? You probably had a case of "intextication"...

Sending an SMS while under the influence can lead to major headaches, especially over the festive season when drinks flow freely.

Ask anyone who sent a racy SMS to a partner, which landed up on the cellphones of parents, or even inlaws.

In a survey by Virgin Mobile, 63% of cellphone users admit failing prey to this embarrassing form of "crossed lines".

And a whopping 72% say they have suffered from intextication.

About 33% of cellphone users have discovered the morning after that they sent an SMS to an ex, and 31% regret having aired their feelings via text messages.

Virgin Mobile reports its findings on intextication:

  • 42% of men engage in festive flirting by sending a text message to someone they secretly fancy when they are drunk;

  • Women are not so forward, with only 19% admitting to doing the same;

  • 30% of women are struck by 'ex-texting' - sending a message to a former partner;

  • 82% of 18-29-year-olds admit to sending saucy text messages whilst drunk;

  • 4% of men admit to sending a text to the boss when drunk.

    Nicholas Maweni, director of corporate services of Virgin Mobile, said up to 80 million SMSs are sent daily in South Africa in December, many by people who are "intexticated".

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