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Writing may soon be history

TouchPoints survey was based on 5,000 people who updated an electronic diary every half-hour for

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 21:15 IST
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Writing with a pen and paper is a dying art among Britain's youngsters with more and more people relying on hi-tech communications instead of more traditional methods, a survey revealed today. Surprisingly only 5% of people aged 15 to 24 communicate by paper, preferring to send emails, mobile phone texts or Internet SMS messages.

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

The research was 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.

Across all ages, paper and pen was used by 13 per cent of those quizzed. It was most popular with over-65s, at 39 per cent. Around 70 per cent of youths told the IPA TouchPoints poll they “could not live” without a mobile

“All age groups are embracing technology, but the young are absolutely wedded to it,” the Sun quoted Lynne Robinson of IPA as saying.