Despite social networking websites such as Facebook becoming an integral part of our lives, a new study has found that eight out of 10 girls still prefer to jot down their intimate thoughts in a diary rather than on the internet.
In the age of social network sites, more 16-19-year-olds are turning to the private world of diaries to jot down their feelings, reports The Mirror.
A survey carried out by broadcaster E4 found 83 percent of today's teenage girls keep a diary compared with 69 percent in the 1990s when the internet was not very popular.
The study to mark the launch of the channel's new series My Mad Fat Diary tonight, tells a story of two worlds - the one girls want their friends to know about and another more personal one not to be shared.
More than nine out of 10 teens admitted they withheld their innermost thoughts, fears, family and relationship problems and worries about their weight or looks from Facebook friends.
The poll of 1,400 teens found eight out of 10 were wary of revealing what was really going through their minds on social media sites.
Almost a quarter felt the only private part of their lives was their diary and two thirds said writing a daily journal away from prying eyes was therapeutic.
The study comes as My Mad Fat Diary is poised to become an Adrian Mole style hit for author Rae Earl whose real life teenage diaries have been adapted for the series.
Rae, 41, who wrote her diaries in the 1990s said she is not surprised by the fact that 83 percent of teenage girls still keep a diary. She said that as long as young people still feel lonely, fat, mad, sad, happy, hopeless, good or bad they will always need a place where they can record their thoughts and work things out in total privacy. Blogs and social networks like Twitter and Facebook might come and go, but diaries will live forever, she added.
The series starring actress Sharon Rooney is set in 1996 and deals with teenage woes from body image, love and sex to mental health issues all set against a background of eccentric family life.