Texting can heal broken hearts, raspy lungs or cranky clients

Often dissed as shallow, texting can be as meaningful and even more effective than F2F talks


The therapeutic benefits of text aren't limited to those with low incomes, members of certain ethnic groups or even limited only to those being treated for mental or mood disorders.

Daily text messages helped asthma patients become more optimistic about their own conditions and stick more closely to their medication and treatment schedules. Patients also felt more in control of their own treatment and confident about their futures,, according to a study published in June in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

None of which means it's OK to skip the visit to the hospital and just text a friend who's seriously injured or sick, replace awkwardly intimate family conversations with quickie texts or assume a text or email can replace personal contact.

Texts – and probably other online media as well – can enhance and reinforce existing relationships and have a positive, long-term impact on the people receiving them.

The only question now, is whether – for very ill patients or business situations that are particularly touchy – it's better to go with old-fashioned, customizable smilies in ASCII or emoticon images that are more pleasing to the eye, but may not be quite as eloquent as you'd like any particular text to be.

's up 2 u, tho. Gud luk w/yr txting and commo. Rmbr, speling still counts.

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