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Happy Mother’s Day! (In 140 Characters?!)

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Next to seeing mom in person, phone calls remain the most popular way to wish her a happy Mother’s Day with an estimated 112.5 million calls made on that special day.

But as a new survey shows, Americans are using other electronic ways to contact mom, according to Wirefly, an online retailer of cell phones, smartphones and wireless plans.

About 53 percent of the 540 Americans, ages 18 and older who were surveyed say that it’s now okay to either send a text to mom or leave her a Facebook message.

Age dictates how you feel about electronic messages with seven in ten in the 18-to-24-year-old age group saying it’s cool to text mom with 60 percent giving their approval to sending her a Facebook message.

As people get older, they gradually feel less enthusiastic about this new way of communication on Mother’s Day. In fact, 64 percent of those 50 and older disapprove of texting mom while 65 percent nix Facebook as a method of telling her you care.

Interestingly, the rising popularity of Twitter doesn’t rate very high in the Wirefly survey with only 25 percent saying that sending a tweet to mom is appropriate. When it actually comes to tweeting mom, a mere one percent said they would do so on Sunday.

Gender-wise, women more than men in all cases believe it okay to text, tweet or send a Happy Mother’s Day message.

And what does her majesty think about all this? Sixty percent of mothers surveyed are perfectly fine with either sending or receiving a text or Facebook message on Mother’s Day.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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