New research shows that both sending and receiving text messages can improve your mood if you are feeling stressed or lonely.
Text messaging may be blamed for contributing to illiteracy but the study indicates there are clear mental health benefits.
Psychologists at the University of California , Berkeley, found people suffering from depression reported feeling more connected and cared for when they receive text messages.
One patient told study author Professor Adrian Aguilera: "When I was in a difficult situation and I received a message, I felt much better. I felt cared for and supported. My mood even improved."
Now researchers believe that everyone - not just people diagnosed with depression - experiences an up-lift in their mood when they receive or respond to a text message from a friend or family member.