Britons fall out of love with the love letter

November 23rd, 2007 - 1:01 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 23 (ANI): The love letter, which was once the most popular medium to express the deepest emotions, has lost its charm amongst Britons, with fewer than one in five receiving a love letter in the past 12 months.

A new survey has shown that only 17 percent Brits have received a letter from a lover in the past year and only 28 percent received a love letter in the last five years.

A survey of more than 1,000 people for the Bradford & Bingley building society found that today’s generation of online and speed daters have little time for the old-fashioned love letter.

Over one third (35 percent) of those aged between 16 and 34 have never penned a letter to their sweetheart, compared to just 14 percent of those over 55 years of age, the survey found.

According to the survey, singletons were more likely to have received a love letter than those who were married or living together.

However, letter writing retains its popularity when it comes to staying in touch with loved ones.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of those questioned had received a personal letter from a friend or family member within the last six months and only 6 percent said they had never received such a letter.

More than half (51 percent) had written a personal letter to a friend or family member in the last six months.

The survey also showed that writing a letter remains the most popular way of saying thank-you, with more than a third (34 percent) of those questioned typically putting pen to paper to thank someone for a present or gift.

“The old-fashioned love letter appears to have had its day, but writing a letter remains a popular way of staying in touch, the Daily Mail quoted Bradford & Bingley head of savings Paul Whitlock, as saying. (ANI)

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