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Have we lost the ability to put pen to paper to express our love?

Last Updated Feb 11, 2016 at 7:33 am PDT

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NEWS 1130's Mike Lloyd is On the Offbeat, looking at the lost art of the handwritten love letter

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – How are you planning to let your sweetheart know how much you love them this Valentine’s Day?

It probably won’t be with a handwritten letter because… who does that anymore? The folks at Ancestry.com did a survey.

“Almost a third of Canadians don’t even remember the last time they wrote a handwritten letter, let alone a love letter,” says Leslie Anderson with the genealogy site.

She has seen — and been moved by — a lot of old love letters.

Anderson says we’re losing an elegant way to show our love; now, most people just text a few lines and add an emoji.

“The blinking heart-eyes and the kiss-blowing emoji,” she describes.

“That’s, I guess, being romantic in today’s world.”

But she says that can’t show you the art of handwriting and how people express their thoughts in long form.

“It’s really hard to be romantic with hearts and smiley faces and things like that, if you can even get a full sentence out, these days,” says Anderson.

“[People can] really get into the emotional side of their personality by expressing themselves in love letters.”

So, say it with me: I heart handwritten letters #oldschool