In what might come as a shock -- until, that is, you consider the last time you did so yourself -- a survey says two-thirds of young adults used a pen less than five times a week.

It appears text messages and emojis have taken the place of cursive writing letters among 25-34-year-olds, according to the poll of 2,000 people sponsored by the cruise company Cunard.

Their survey, quoted in the  Daily Express for National Handwriting Day, also showed that 26% of those young adults polled have not sent or received a letter in the past decade.

The idea of getting a letter remains high, though: 89% say they would love to receive more letters, while 70% of people in that age group admitted to hanging onto notes they've received in the past.

More than three-quarters of people in that demographic say they've become dependent on auto-correct for texts and emails; 50% of those polled who are older say they don't rely on that tech for accuracy.

Among the young adult demographic, 56% say they send a handwritten letter once every two years at most, with "Thank You" notes as the most common, followed by complaints, condolence messages and romantic notes.

Not surprisingly, more than half of those polled -- 57% -- say their penmanship has suffered due to lack of practice.

And sadly, fifteen percent admitted to not even knowing how to start and end an actual letter.


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