After studying 88 children between the ages of 10 and 12, researchers at England’s Coventry University concluded that contrary to texting-picture1public perception, increased texting correlates to increased reading scores.  The study was published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, and supports similar results of other studies such as from the University of Toronto.

The study’s relevance to the larger notion of language and learning is this:  no matter the form, meaningful exposure to language assists language learning.  According to Dr. Beverley Plester, the study’s lead author, “The more exposure you have to the written word the more literate you become and we tend to get better at things we do for fun.”  The BBC story link is here.