This is an interesting read…
Text messaging is short, simple, lacks contextual clues and can be quickly done at any time of the day or night and sent from a vast range of geographical locations. A recent literature review of research into the use of texting by students published by the Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology provides a very good summary of how texting is used by students and adults, and for teaching and learning. Text Messaging and Teenagers: A Review of the Literature succinctly summarises the scant findings in the literature from research about texting by teens, by adults referring to teachers, and in education.
Full article here
Full journal volume here (downloads as PDF)