Saturday 24 February 2018

Britons prefer greeting card thanks

Twitter has been voted the least sincere way to say thank you, with most preferring a greetings card
Twitter has been voted the least sincere way to say thank you, with most preferring a greetings card

Britons still prefer a traditional greeting card as the best way to say thank you - with a tweet the least favourable, according to a poll.

As many as 78% are happiest with a handwritten letter or card.

Twitter was voted the most insincere way to say thanks, with just 13% satisfied, according to the poll commissioned by card specialists Clintons.

The next favourite way of receiving a thank you is by email (45%), followed by text message (41%), Facebook message (22%), a Facebook "Like" (21%), and 21% preferred an automated electronic greeting card.

As many as 26% of Britons felt insulted by a thank you tweet and 18% didn't like being thanked by a Facebook status update.

Although 24% of 18 to 24-year-olds were content with being thanked through Twitter, only 3% of the 65-plus age bracket were satisfied.

Tim Fairs, director at Clintons, said: "Thanking people has never been easier and there's an argument that it has become a bit too easy. Our polling tells us that people appreciate being thanked with care.

"People have a tendency to weigh their acts of kindness on the basis of the thanks that they receive. The poll demonstrates that expedient electronic methods have nowhere near the impact on recipients that more traditional methods do."

Press Association

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