Traditional face-to-face interactions with relatives has become passe; Facebook and Twitter are easier to keep tabs on loved ones.
Nearly a third of Brits use cell phones, e-mail and social networking sites like Facebook to communicate with their loved ones, rather than actually sitting down to talk, according to the study reported in the Daily Mail.
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Almost 30 percent of the participants believe their relatives know more about their life because of social media and digital technology.
Commissioned by the makers of Flip MinoHD camcorder, the study of 3,000 people revealed that the average Brit engages in just six face-to-face conversations with other family members per week.
More than 1 in 10 participants said that they don't ever have meaningful face-to-face talks with their relatives.
They turn to Twitter to talk to family members, which leaves an average of two posts weekly for their kin, reported the study.
They also make half a dozen phone calls each week to family members to catch up.
"It seems people are now more likely to send an e-mail to a relative filling them in on their daily activities, or even leave a post on their Facebook wall. Modern technology has made it asier than ever to keep in touch with our friends and family," the New York Daily News quoted Gareth Jones, UK and Ireland region manager for Flip Video at Cisco, as saying.