Today's schoolchildren are more likely to write text or instant messages than pen stories or keep a diary, according to a report.
It shows that the vast majority of youngsters - 88.1 per cent - say that they write texts in their free time once a month, with 77.8 per cent writing instant messages.
But less than half say that they write stories during their own time once a month, with just over a third (35.7 per cent) keeping a diary.
The findings come in a new report by the National Literacy Trust (NLT), which is based on a survey of more than 47,700 eight to 18-year-olds.
It found that just under half of those polled (49.1 per cent) enjoy writing very much, or quite a lot, while less than one in five write something that is not for their school work on a daily basis.
Girls were more likely to enjoy writing than their male classmates and younger children enjoy writing more than older children.
The National Literacy Trust said it is launching a series of writing activities tied into the football World Cup, which starts this month, in a bid to inspire youngsters to write and enjoy the subject.
Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said: "With only two weeks to go, we want to use the growing excitement and energy surrounding the World Cup to get more children writing.
"Our activities will show that you don't need to be a football fanatic to take inspiration from the World Cup, with the bringing together of so many wonderful nations, each with their own histories, cultures and traditions."