E-mail and text 'replace writing'

The decline of handwriting and the rise of e-mail and text messaging has been highlighted in a new survey of media consumption in the digital age.

It suggests that half of written communication is by e-mail, 29% by text message and just 13% by pen and paper. —E-mail and text ‘replace writing’ (BBC)

But take a look at this detail about methodology: “The IPA TouchPoints survey was based on 5,000 people who updated an electronic diary every half-hour for a week.”

If the data gathering mechanism is online, that is going to skew the data in favor of electronic writing.