A survey conducted by greeting card retailer Hallmark has revealed that 95% of over-75s are 'fed up and disappointed' at only ever receiving their happy birthday wishes in the form of a Facebook status update, many of which go un-seen as 95% of over-75s don't actually have a Facebook account.
Jessica Sterling from Hallmark, said: 'Sales of birthday cards have reduced by 60% since 2004, as research confirmed that the majority of people under thirty admitted to believing that a "happy birthday nanna" status update more than made up for not sending a hand-written sentiment with flowers'.
Muriel Smith, an 86-year-old grandmother of six children, said: 'My birthday cards just stopped arriving about five years ago. I worried they had written me off as dead, but then I was told that I had a lovely happy birthday message in a "Facebook". I searched high and low in the library for this "Face Book" but they must be all loaned out'.
Marcus Banner, who lead the research, said: 'It's confusing why someone would wish their grandparents happy birthday to hundreds of people who've never even met them, missing out the very person it was intended for in the first place. That's like calling your doctor to congratulate your sister on passing her driving test - it's just pointless'.
Some OAP groups, however, have promised to return the favour in coming years. Archie Daniels, another card-less pensioner said: 'Next year, on our grandchildrens birthdays, we're going to telephone everybody we know, except our grandchildren, and sing them happy birthday. That'll piss 'em off'.