E-mail and text ‘replace writing’


"The decline of handwriting and the rise of e-mail and text messaging has been highlighted in a new survey of media consumption in the digital age.

It suggests that half of written communication is by e-mail, 29% by text message and just 13% by pen and paper.

Among the over-65s, pen and paper remained popular at 39%, but among the young, the figure was much lower.

The IPA TouchPoints survey was based on 5,000 people who updated an electronic diary every half-hour for a week.

The research cost a £1m and is backed by the BBC, ITV and national newspaper groups.

It builds on the BBC’s survey of Daily Life, which has been conducted every 10 years since the 1930s…."


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2 Responses to E-mail and text ‘replace writing’

  1. I read that article too, disturbing indeed! 😉

  2. steve L. says:

    Doesn’t the use of an electronic collection method have the potential to skew the results?(like mailing out a written survey about literacy..) 😉
    The results sound plausible, but I’d like to see more on how the sample was selected…

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