Nearly a third (29 percent) of Brits will use text messages, social networks such as Twitter and Facebook or other online services to send a festive message rather than a Christmas card, says Moneysupermarket.com.
According to the comparison website, 8 percent of Brits make festive phone calls on Christmas Day and nearly as many (7 percent) said they intended to use VoIP service Skype to talk to their friends and family.
Julie Owens, spokesperson for mobiles and broadband at moneysupermarket.com, said: "Sending cards is still the most popular way for people to keep in touch at Christmas but there are now plenty of alternatives. Sending a text or using a social media site is quick, easy and free and our research shows Skype has clearly become a popular way of keeping in touch, especially for those with family and friends around the world."
However Owens did warn potential Skype users they would need an internet connection of at least 2Mbps to ensure a smooth and interference-free call.