The Guardian on text messaging research
Men keep their texts short and snappy while women have seized on the mobile as a new way of expressing support and affection, according to sociologists at Sheffield Hallam University.
But the researchers [also] found that women also used the ubiquitous mobile to avoid awkward conversations.
One interviewee said it saved having to make excuses on the phone if you could just text and say you couldn’t go out with someone.
The study, led by Dr Simeon Yates, found that rules about mobile phone etiquette have yet to be set, meaning that what counts as polite and acceptable use of the mobile phone in public differs from person to person.