Research has shown that sending and receiving text messages can help improve a person’s well being if they are feeling low or stressed.

Text messaging has often been blamed for contributing to ailing levels of illiteracy, however this research shows there could be mental benefits.

Psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, found people suffering from depression reported feeling valued and connected to the outside world when they receive messages on their mobile phone.

The results, published in the journal Professional Psychology Research and Practice, found that of the 2,277 mobile phone users, the most active senders and receivers of messages were those who didn’t complete secondary school.

Professor Adrian Aguilera said feedback from patients offers new insight into the human need for regular contact or check-ins.

“We are harnessing a technology that people use in their everyday lives to improve mental health in low-income, under-served communities,” he continued.

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