Are You Guilty of Intextication?

Oh yes, it’s a word. Or at least it’s in the process of perhaps becoming a word.  And I don’t need to tell you what it means, but just in case you haven’t heard: It’s when a person gets….well…..almost high from texting. Lost in their own sexy little smart phone. Losing touch with anyone or anything within a 25 mile radius.

And here’s the problem, just like an intoxicated person, when WE are texting while walking, or in our laps at the boring meeting, or while riding a bike (oh yes, I saw that just this past week), we think that WE are perfectly fine! We are lost in our own inebriated joy and think that no one notices anything out of the ordinary.

Well, the fact is, people do notice. It’s not attractive. And in some cases it can be quite rude and extremely dangerous.

How can we stop this? Do we need a 12 Step Program for Intextication? Should we all try to go cold turkey for a day?  Just DO it? What???

I’m told the first thing you need to do when solving a problem is to DEFINE the problem.  So here’s my question to you:

What is the most rude, funny, scary, dangerous, or strange display of  texting that you have ever seen (or…been guilty of????)  And WHY do you think we do it?

From your “guilty as everyone else” motivational speaker, Linda Larsen


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I have been run out of my lane on the highway at least three times by someone texting. I also heard that someone was walking and texting in a parking deck –  not watching- and went right over the side of the railing. And I spend enough time in airports to know that people are not paying attention when they are texting – or talking for that matter. Great post! Serious issue.

  2. This weekend Frenchie and I went on a hike in the mountains not far from the Las Vegas Strip with a guest from Paris.  She was in awe that the day before we were looking at the neon lights of Las Vegas and a short drive away were were gazing at the magnificent beauty in the trees, the trails, the little animals we saw all the while being surrounded by amazing mountains and cliffs.  As we took in breaths of oxygen while the view took our breath away, a woman coming down the trail was on the phone.  I really couldn’t believe that she wasn’t looking at the view but concentrating on her call.  The sad thing is she was complaining about the people in her party who passed us earlier.  Yikes!  There should be a sign at the trail – Leave your calls and texts behind and enjoy the view!

  3. I saw a girl at Graduation fall from the bleachers as she walked while texting. AND I’ll have to admit I’m a texter at heart who has walked into the men’s bathroom not one, not two but three times in the past 3 months during a text fest. “Oops. Sorry.” Guilty as charged. Great reminder, Linda.

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