The Third Place, and “Texting is the new smoking”

Said by Andrew Hinton, on the IxDA Discuss mailing list:

Even when people are at bars where it’s supposed to be a 3rd place
already, they’re constantly texting on their phones. It’s even worked
itself into our public body language — texting is the new smoking.

I love it. This is right on. There is considerable signaling going on while texting. It distinguishes a mind set, if not a generation.

also in his email:

If a Bowling League was the old 3rd place, the new one is still being
in the Bowling League, but having a bulletin board about it, a
MySpace group, and texting your team-mates (and your friends who
aren’t even there) during a tournament.