The end of the love letter Couples prefer to tweet sweet nothings rather than putting pen to paper
Just 6 per cent of women and 4 per cent of men still write love letters
96 per cent of women send romantic emails, while 92 per cent of men do
13:38 GMT, 1 October 2012
It is the most timeless way of expressing love, with a tradition dating back thousands of years.
But the love letter is facing extinction – because couples have given up committing their deepest feelings to paper.
New research has found that just six per cent of women and four per cent of men still currently write love letters.
Love is dead as more couples turn to the internet to express their feelings
Instead, they are turning to more modern methods and choosing to text, email or send sweet nothings on Twitter.
In the survey, 96 per cent of women and 92 per cent of men admitted sending romantic emails to a loved one.
A further 97 per cent of women and 89 per cent of men polled also expressed their love through texts.
The figure was lower for tweets – 43 per cent of women and 39 per cent of men – but that is because not everyone is on Twitter.
Tweets are also visible to everyone on Twitter, whereas emails and texts are much more private.
Dating site SeekingArrangement.com, who carried out the survey, found that just one man in 25 still writes love letters while the figure was slightly higher for women.
Just a small percentage of lovers write notes to each other, instead favouring email, text and twitter
The poll revealed that 57 per cent of women and 52 per cent of men have kept love letters written by previous lovers, even if they are in a new relationship.
But they have largely abandoned putting pen to paper in favour of shorter digital messages which aren’t cherished over many years in the same way as letters.
Couples do keep particularly poignant emails and tweets but many don’t bother to save them or just let them delete automatically.
Women were more likely to keep romantic digital messages – with 62 per cent saving emails and 32 per cent saving texts.
Just 37 per cent of men kept romantic emails and 15 per cent saved texts.
Presenter Claire Craig, 27, agrees that virtually no one under the age of 30 still writes love letters.
FAVORITE WAYS TO EXPRESS LOVE DIGITALLY:
multiple kisses xxxxx’s – 52 per centa single kiss x 32 per centLY (short for Love You) 10 per centLYSM (Love You So Much) 5 per centSWALK (Sealed With A Loving Kiss) 1 per cent
She said: 'It’s a little sad but it just doesn’t happen any more – we’d just send an email or text.
'I appreciate that a digital message isn’t quite as romantic as pink scented paper but you can still convey your love in an email. It’s all about how it's said and who is saying it!
'It’s true that an email is likely to be shorter than a letter but it is still a great way of expressing love. I love sending an email after a perfect evening with a new lover. You tell them how much you enjoyed the evening and how you are longing to see them again. It's still romantic, just moving with the times. I keep and save special emails and texts that mean something to me.
'Texting is even more popular with my friends for showing a guy that you have feelings for him.
'We all send love texts all the time – the more kisses the better.'
SeekingArrangement founder Brandon Wade said: 'What this survey shows is that we are just as romantic as we have ever been – we are just showing it in a different way.
'There is nothing wrong with that: texts or emails are much more immediate and can be just as heartfelt. Who wants to wait two days for the postman'