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Monday, April 19, 2004

FROM JACKING TO TOOTHING
What is it about communications technology that inspires sexualization? I think Jerry Seinfeld had some sort of bit about that: Internet--online porn; phone--phone sex; photocopier--put your ass on it!

That proud tradition is being carried on in the UK, as the fast-spreading Bluetooth technology in mobile phones is giving rise to "toothing", an anonymous method of flirting and trysting.

This new craze grew out of the relatively benign practice of bluejacking. I guess that was inevitable; how many times can you send out innocuous "I see you!" messages before it gets boring for both sender and receiver? Eventually, you have to go somewhere with it--even if that is to the nearest restroom for a quickie.