A quarter of eight- to 18-year-olds rarely or never write something that is not for school, a report says.
Just one child in five told a survey for the National Literacy Trust they wrote daily outside of school in 2015, compared with 27.2% in 2014.
And that writing was dominated by social network posts and text messages, the survey of 32,500 pupils suggests.
The trust warned the development could have a negative impact on pupils’ results.
Those who write outside school daily were five times more likely to have writing skills above their age group, it added.
And those who enjoyed writing were seven times more likely to have advanced writing skills.
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