I reckon we need to redesign public spaces to take into account all the folk who mill around tapping out SMS messages. People seem to be have gotten the idea that you can walk and talk on a cellphone at the same time, thereby causing minimal disruption to others, but texting still seems to be something that has to be done stationary, usually by stopping in the middle of a busy street, shopping aisle or fire escape during a real live emergency.
Short of shooting these people, what can we do? I propose little texting bays, where they can get out of the way of others to do their vital SMS work. At night these little nooks could be used by homeless people or drunks to recharge their batteries, or mobile bloggers like me to write posts like this.
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