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.
AdvertisementA 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.