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Atlantans Eat, Pray, Love While Texting

Published on December 8, 2009
by Andrew LaVallee

Atlanta residents have the most questionable texting habits, according to a recent survey commissioned by Samsung Mobile.

The handset maker asked 300 cellphone users in each of eight metropolitan areas in the U.S., including New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Boston and Denver, about where they send text messages.

Atlantans topped the charts when it comes to texting while at the dinner table (44 percent), the movies (48 percent), on dates (27 percent) and at church (15 percent). The city was beaten in only one category, texting while at concerts or plays, with Philadelphia residents indicating that 33 percent of them do it, compared with Atlanta’s 31 percent.

The most restrained SMSers appear to be in Denver, where only 17 percent said they text while dating and 8 percent while praying. Beltway residents were the least likely (23 percent) to text at the dinner table or at concerts, while Bostonians were least likely (51 percent) to text from the doctor’s office.

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