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Reg readers reveal their holiday toilet texting plans

Beats staring at the walls

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As our US readers get ready to head home for the holidays and our UK readers face up to the fact that Christmas/Yule/2010 is just around the corner, it's time to deliver the final word on the issue of toilet texting.

Last month, Intel claimed that research showed that three quarters of Americans feel it is "perfectly appropriate to use Internet-enabled devices, including laptops, netbooks and cell phones, in the bathroom". Religious services and dates, on the other hand, were largely thought to be no-go areas for mobile comms.

So, is it really a big deal to slip off to the bog for a crafty text or laptop surf during the big turkey dinner? We thought the best people to ask were Reg readers.

For Peyton, it makes perfect sense to text from the toilet, if the table's out of bounds.

If you can't text, etc., from the table, then the next logical place to do so would be from the lav - doesn't necessarily mean while on the bog (especially for the ladies - considering they often get the nice little couch area).

The problem is, Peyton can't see why there's even a problem texting from the table.

I'm surprised by surfing/texting from the table. Seems like you really aren't bugging anyone with this. I do it often enough if I'm dining solo - beats staring at the wall :\ Perhaps the grotesquely offensive act of answering the phone while at the table has tainted all the mobile functions.

It could be Peyton, but it's a pleasure to know that the mobiles comm revolution means you've now got something more interesting to beat staring at the wall.

The confusion doesn't stop there. A number of anonymous cowards split etiquette hairs on call handling while handling the call of nature.

WTF?

is fine, who can it hurt (apart from yourself if you happen to drop your phone)

however, voice calls from the the crapper, is WRONG.

My building hosts conferences, and i have witnessed people 'entering the facilities' pacing up and down while making a phone call, then leaving.

WTF!! if its a private call, go outside, not to the crapper.

Or as this other AC puts it:

I never do calls while in the crapper. But I've had INCOMING calls there... and sometimes they're the kind of calls you just can't leave unanswered. These cases are embarassing, and I try to make 'em real quick. If the caller in question is my girlfriend, well, I'll tell her "I'M IN THE BOG!" as a warning signal.

I do surf with my Blackberry on the crapper... but that might have to do with the fact that the bog is the only place where nobody's checking what you're doing. Personal space!

Yes, and there's so many other things you can do in that personal space. Have a kip, a spot of lunch, even a little light body shaving. There's one thing you absolutely must not do though, according to a female reader.

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