Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Postcards a thing of the past

According to a survey from travel website ebookers, over two thirds (39%) of Brits no longer send postcards to loved ones due to a national obsession with social networks.

The trusty postcard has been replaced with status updates and tweets as 49% of British holidaymakers spend time checking and updating social networks when on holiday. With a whopping 59% spending two or more hours using social media because they have so much spare time.

Now I like Facebook but you wouldn’t catch me updating my status on holiday. After spending most days of my working life looking at my laptop, the last thing I would want to do whilst lying on a beach is look at a screen of any kind! Mind you my phone is about ten years old and probably isn’t up to the challenge of connecting to the internet even if I wanted it to. Call me old-fashioned but I think I’d rather put pen to paper (or should I say card) and write a little note to the ones I miss the most.

But what do you think? Will you be updating your status when you’re on your summer hols or sticking to snail mail?

1 comment:

  1. Aaah, this is really sad!

    I love sending post cards from SA when I'm home, only to get back before they arrive. (I'm not sending them to myself BTW!)

    There is something magical about receiving snail mail and it is not just postcards. One of my housemates recently had a mini-breakdown when my friends - who know I'm partial to snail mail - sent us house warming cards when we moved. There was outright jealousy ...

    Postcards are about capturing a moment that lasts a little longer than a twitter update