Being a smoker can be alienating. Sure, there are designated areas where like-minded puffers can gab, but for the most part smokers are banished to outside patios where they are left to smoke solo. According to the UK's Daily Mail, a record number of text messages have been sent by smokers trying to pass the time while alone in smoking areas. Here's more:

In the two weeks after the ban on smoking in confined spaces came into force on 1 July, mobile phone company Orange said 7.5 million more texts than normal were sent across its network. Experts have now dubbed the phenomenon 'smexting.'

Figures released with the same study found Britons sent 519.5 million text messages in the first two weeks of last month, compared with 512 million in the last two weeks of June, before the ban had been instated. And I ask with all honesty: Are they serious?