Text messages aren't necessarily considered public information, either: over 40 percent of those surveyed said they had deleted a text message that they "didn't want their significant other to read." At the same time, we see the reason they did so: 42 percent of those surveyed admitted to checking their significant other's phone for "inappropriate messages."
Meanwhile, 10 percent admitted to deleting text messages of their own to prevent their partner from reading them, and 25 percent admitted to flirting with someone they shouldn't have by SMS, while 10 percent admitted the ultimate ignominy: they were dumped via text message.
In that, they have good company. In 2008, Jennifer Aniston, the object of many men's affection, was reportedly dumped by John Meyer via text message.