Facebook is a poor substitute for the traditional postcard

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The summer holiday season is almost over, but did you break the latest trend and send a postcard home from your sunshine break?

This great British tradition is at risk because of the rise of smartphones.

Instead of scrawling a few words on a card displaying some local landmark, we prefer to update our families and friends via Facebook and text messages.

And yet to the rest of us, reading someone else’s endless status updates about what a great time they’re having on their hols has become as annoying as seeing Pippa Middleton attend her umpteenth social occasion (seriously Pip, get a job).

At least a postcard is a one-hit wonder – and gives the postie something to read on his rounds.