Do you think that snail mail will completely fade away?

snail mail - cartoon mailbox with letters in it
United States
May 19, 2007 9:22am CST
I hate to say this but I do think that eventually there will come a time when people won't even know what writing stationery is.I do love the internet but I really miss getting letters in the mail.Letters are to me,more personal than email or chatting online.Do you agree with me?
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• United States
19 May 07
This discussion kind of reminds me of one of my favorite debates here in my lot. That is the one "Will books become obsolete due to the Internet?" Anytime I see something posted along those lines, I have to chime in. It will just never happen. I have friends that live about the country and abroad that we still exchange personal letters and greeting cards. Email just does not take the place of that personal touch, that handwritten note that says I am thinking enough of you that I went and bought a card and paid for the stamp to go on it. Not to mention that we still must have hard copies of our bills, and other important communications, such as insurance and credit card statements. Our PC's are sometimes to precarious to rely totally on all of our accounts at the finger tips of the keyboard. What happens if your computer goes down and you are unable to afford to fix it with in a certain amount of time? How in the world would you ever get your bills paid? I must admit that I do not have to write many checks anymore that I pay most of my bills online, but there are a few older companies here in town such as my gas company that does not even have a website. Not to mention deliveries of products we buy. I also prefer to have a catalog that I can sit and mull over before ordering something I want, vs only having the website to surf. I guess you have to make a concerted effort with those friends that you want to converse with in hand written letters, Make an effort at bringing back some of our manners in communication. Great post Jersey!!
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• United States
21 May 07
Thank you.that was a great response. You put into words exactly what I was feeling. Emails are nice but extremely cold and impersonal whereas a letter is something that says "hey ,i care enough about you to take the time to write. There is so much love and warmth in a letter and that is something that can't be beat.I love ordering online but I also love curling up with a catalog and trying to decide what I want. It does my heart good to know that there are other people out there that realize the importance of snail mail.
• United States
7 Jun 07
Thank you thank you thank you :))))
• Singapore
19 May 07
I don't think - and wouldn't want - for snail mail to fade away totally. Right now, it is still very popular. Not for consumers but for companies - that's the bulk of post companies' profits anyway. Snail mail is just different from say, email. It's a touch of a different order altogether. :P
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• United States
21 May 07
I hope it doesn't ! There's just something special about getting a letter from someone you care about it in the mail.I love the email but I love regular mail even more as it is something you can actually hold in your hands.
• Singapore
21 May 07
I agree!
• Netherlands
30 Jun 07
Nah, I hope snail mail won't dissapear. I like online too but as I always excited and like to receive snail mails or cards once in a while. Especially on my birthday or special ocassion. I can just keep and read them over and over again, anytime without having to open my computer nor reading from the same type of letters. That's why I keep doing this "traditional" way by keep sending cards, letters to my relatives and friends. It's more personal and more showing how I feel.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
I love emails too but it can't beat snail mail. I really like reading my letters or cards over and over again. I love it!
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• United States
28 Jun 07
In time, it will. As life keeps progressing as it is with computers, I really think that snail mail will fade away.
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• United States
28 Jun 07
I hope not,i love snail mail!
@sandie61 (2359)
• United States
25 Jun 07
I don`t think that snail mail will ever go away. I also love getting letters in the mail. I write snail mail to my Aunt and I enjoy it. she will sometimes send me photos or a little gift in it. it`s so nice. it`s great going to the mailbox and finding mail from a friend or relative.
• United States
26 Jun 07
Hi,girly! I love snail mail so you know i was doubly happy when i got your envelope.I really miss getting letters in the mail.By the way,my dad's read those newspapers about half a dozen times already,lol!
@babostwick (2037)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I doubt it will go away 100%. I would consider the following items that could factor like not everyone has the internet for one and how are items suppose to be shipped. I don't mind letters every now and then. It'd be nice to receive a letter in the mail once in a while with it not being a bill, mainly like a card or just a simple letter.
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• United States
24 Jun 07
bills i could do without,lol.wouldn't miss them a bit!
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I dont think so. There are still many people who sends card and packages. I think the price will continue to raise but I think it will always be here. I still write letters and mail them. I send cards all the time. Probably over 100 cards a year and that does not include my Christmas Cards.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
I amso glad you are still in to sending letters and cards. I really miss writing and receiving letters. They 're so much more personable
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
22 May 07
I like getting letters by mail but I have gotten to where I hate sending them that way. There is often some problem with the printer, so even typing them out isn't always possible. I recently wroe an elderly auntie a 3 pages on both sides letter by hand and it took what seemed like such a long time, plus envelopes and postage...I definately prefer electronic mail. Normally, other thank Xmas cards, I'm pretty good at avoiding the paper variety.
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• United States
10 Jun 07
a lotof people seem to avoid the paper variety ,lol. I'm trying to adjust to not getting any letters anymore
• United States
21 May 07
i'm sure there will always be mail in some form, but it is true that it's dropped significantly. texting and email is much easier for some people,so they do. i even get e-cards for holidays now.
• United States
10 Jun 07
I just hope it doesnt' go away all together. my family knows better than to send me an ecard,lol.they want to live to see the next holiday,lol
@henazea (313)
• Kuwait
20 May 07
I still remember the time when I use to write letters to my grandmother and my cousins..It took 15 days for the letters to reach to and fro and we used to wait desperately for the letters to come..now all that is over with the email factor and sadly even with the email we are not able to keep in touch much..but I cannot think of the idea of the snail mail ever disapperaing..it has played such an important part in m life...And I agree completely to you tat letters re more personal than email and chatting..
• United States
10 Jun 07
email and chatting is wonderful in it's way but i still miss the personal touch of a letter or card
@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
20 May 07
I dont think snail mail will ever go away completely. We will always need some manner for sendign packages and stuff to people. Not to mention people who have no computers still have to be able to get their bills and send their payments. Also what about Christmas cards? We still need to be able to send those. As for writing letters, my theory on that is, the more affluent a person the more likely they are to actually write a letter to a friend versus the internet. I think it is a matter of teaching and class. My mother taught me that we always personally handwrite thank you notes. We always hand write personal letters to our faraway friends. She said it was a matter of respect and love. By handwriting a letter to someone you silently tell them that you thought so highly of them that you took time out of your day to sit down and personally write them. She said that a lady always used her best stationary to send correspondence to her loved ones and closest friends. Everyday stationary was for writing to companies and businesses. Letters to those that perform services for you, could be written on plain notecards (not index cards, they look like greeting cards but are blank inside). We were poor, but it was how she was raised and she raised me that way and I am trying to raise my son that way. I try to send personally written letters to my husband's grandmother, his great aunt, my great aunt and two friends stationed overseas every single month. I buy special stationary for them and everything. It's important to me that they feel remembered and cherished. If snail mail went away, how would I ever be able to convery those same feelings in email??
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• United States
23 May 07
I agree with you.My mom was the same way.We always has to send written thank you notes for people who came to our parties or gave us gifts for the holidays or our birthdays or whatever. The computer doesnt' compete with that. My mom would have had a hissy fit if some one were to send her an ecard instead of a real card!lol
• United States
20 May 07
I don't believe that they will just fade away. I prefer getting a card or letter in the mail. I also love sending them to people too. It is the bills that I wish would stop!
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• United States
10 Jun 07
I really miss not getting any cards or letters in the mail. you're not the only one that wishes the bills would stop,lol. that's asking too much lol
@Sherry12 (2475)
• United States
20 May 07
I agree that snail mail is going to eventually be totally replaced by the internet. Though I think an email can be just as personal as a regular letter. Though my computer is at home and I may feel different if I was in an office and recieving emails there.
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• United States
23 May 07
Unfortunately ,I agree. I don't want it to though. You can't curl up in nice comfy chair with a computer like with a letter,lol. unless you happen to have one of those computer notebooks
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
20 May 07
It's hard to say. I don't think so. There are still a lot of people without computers, or even if they have the latter, they don't have the internet.A lot of elderly people don't know how to use the computers. This will gradually change I expect. Even so, I think there will always be a class of the very poor, who can't afford computers, the internet & therefore email. Thus, I would sat the snail mail will be around for a long time to come.
• United States
23 May 07
I hope it stays for a long time.computers can be really cold sometimes. I love getting letters ,not that I have gotten any in awhile,lol.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
19 May 07
I like getting letters, but since I hate to write them I don't get them. So long as there are people who can't, won't or don't have email, tho, there will still be a place for snail mail.
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• United States
22 May 07
you sound like afriend of mine from up north .she likes gettings letters and was always bugging me to send her one but she hated writing them herself and would never send me one,lol
@jiang221 (38)
• China
19 May 07
I gree with you, But email save some time, And easy than letters.
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• United States
22 May 07
Email is faster and quicker but I still miss getting letters in the mail
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
19 May 07
If they keep raising the cost of postage it could possibly fade away, though I am sure there are some that still prefer snail mail over email. I try to write fewer laters than I used to do and probably will start paying more of my bills online to save postage. Real letters are more personable and more meaningful and enjoy reading peoples handwriting. Regular letters are more from the heart. I definitely agree with you there my friend.
• United States
22 May 07
Stamps are getting ridiculous any more.Have you tried any of those forever stamps.I heard they don't cost any more than a regular stamp.I keep meaning to call and ask but always forget.