Writing letters vs. text messages and emails

letters - letters and writing them
@laurika (4536)
United States
September 12, 2007 4:58pm CST
I had recently discussion with my friend, who has a 12 years old son.We have been talking about kids today not writing any letters just using only emails and text messages.Just letters on the paper seems like not cool any more. I am talking to my mum a lot on the phone, but we are still writing each other a letters and it feels very nice to me , when I go check mail box and find a letter from her and not only bills and comercial papers.Also when I travel I always send a postacard to my grandmother and she appreciate it so much.I think writing letters has still charm.Also when I come to my mum house and see all those letter from her grandparents writing each other through the war, it s like treasure to me.But it seems like later they would be priceless and my kids would never probably know the charm of writing a letters.
4 people like this
17 responses
• United States
12 Sep 07
obviously i use the internet to do a lot of my correspondence, but I do have a select few friends and family that I take the time to actually write letters to - you know with a pen and paper! I enjoy it, always include pictures, and i know it brightens their day a little to get something personal like that in the mail. I also get excited when it's not just bills in m ymailbox everyday, so i understand that part completely. I think more peopler should view letter writing as an art - one that is practically lost these days! No, not everyletter should be hadnwritten, but it is pleasant to be surprised by one!
1 person likes this
@GEOvanne (94)
• Jamaica
12 Sep 07
iv never sent a letter and i dont like writting them. iv only wrtten them in in class as class work. iv only sent application letters and a form i filled out for something. the problem is that they take to long to reach. and in school, even when we'er writting to familiy members and close friends we have to be formal and put the date and address at the top of the letter and stuff instead of the just writting what you want, put it in the envelope and end it. in emails and text messages we dont have to do all that, just get right to the point. so i think school i partially the blame form makeing us have to do the letters like that
1 person likes this
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
13 Sep 07
Sadly, writing letters is a social practice that has been overtaken by technology and the advent of internet. Although emailing and instant messaging now dominates the medium of communication among many internet-savvy people, it is nothing like putting pen to paper in crafting a thoughtful letter. It is not trivial to write a properly conceived letter, because you have to gather your thoughts, organize them into logical paragraphs and depict your points in a smooth-flowing storyline that your reader will enjoy reading. It's an art to write beautifully inspired letters. Moreover, we learn to train our thoughts and sharpen our writing skills doing this. In the days before I was married, I used to have two pen-friends, and wrote lots of letters to them. I also exchanged many letters with a girl I was very fond of (she is now my wife), and I cherished all these exchanges of letters with her. I still have all these letters with me after all these years...LOL...because I treasure them so much. I can't put a price on them...they are priceless memories. After a long lapse of time, I will take them out to read them. They bring back such fond memories of my younger days when I was in love, and I remember each time the postman came by, I would wait with anticipation and excitement to see that familiar envelope from her in my mailbox. That's something people will miss nowadays because they have stopped the practice of letter-writing! , and was so eagerly anticipating the next letter
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
13 Sep 07
oops..the last line shouldn't be there. Pls disregard it.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
13 Sep 07
That's really sweet how you was writing letters to your wife.I wish I had the smae tresure like you have.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
14 Sep 07
Thanks for the vote. I only wrote letters to her before my marriage though, not after. Let me share something else with you. This girl whom I shared letters with (who is now my wife) was not even my girlfriend then. She was just a school friend. I can't recall how we started corresponding, but we went on and on, probably because we enjoyed reading each other's stories. One day, she surprised me by enclosing three of her personal photographs with her letter... and I didn't even request for them, nor sent her any before that in exchange. Wow, you can guess how I felt then. I was in seventh heaven!! We got closer after that, our relationship blossomed and that's how we ended up being together. I certainly cherish those moments when we get letters from those who are dear to us...I will miss those days.
• United States
13 Sep 07
I deeply enjoy letters. They are so different from computerized text. You can actually feel emotion from a letter; each stroke of the pencil or pen has a certain feeling and meaning behind it. Letters are from the heart; it's nearly impossible to write a letter that doesn't have a piece of you with it. It does take time to write letters but that's what makes them so unique; that's why reading one is so different. The time that you take to write a letter shows how you care for the person who it is addressed to. I'd take a letter any day over an e-mail or text message. Letters are so much more personal. Beautiful.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
13 Sep 07
You describe it so nice.It really has somethng personal in them and also I catch myself reading the letters over and over.But I never did the same thing with email.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I think writing letters certainly has it's charm. It's really sad that people don't do those things anymore. I wonder if they have "real life" pen pals anymore. You know how they used to have that stuff? Cause I mean, everyone kind of has pen pals online these days but I wonder if they're like that in real life!
@laurika (4536)
• United States
13 Sep 07
Yeah that's true.Now we have so many friends online but for real letters with pen and paper I can count them on one hand.
@TravisE (445)
• United States
12 Sep 07
To me a hand written letter shows a kind of effort and attention that email does not. A well crafted email can still be beautiful, but getting a hand written letter still carries an extra measure of meaning for me.
@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
13 Sep 07
Letters have something special-they are the personal signature of the writer. They say you can tell alot about a person from the way they write letters. Letter provide you with a chance to express yourself in other ways like you can cry into your letters if you are writing to someone you are in love with. But we live in the internet world, the world of instant connections. Hence, I can't remember the last time I wrote a proper letter. Everyone I deal with reads emails and the desire for a letter does not seem to be there.
@nobbsy123 (852)
• Australia
26 Sep 07
Text messages are easier and quicker to send than writing letters. We now live in a frantic world where time seems to be of the essence. I think that is one reason why people send text messages another reason being it could be sent instantly whether the person you're sending the text message to is on the other side of the world. Emails are good also because you could send photos.
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Sep 07
I seldom write letters today. In stead of it, I write a lot of emails. I think it's much more convenient for me to contact with my friends and family. It can save both money and time. They can read the emails immediately if they are online.
• Malaysia
13 Sep 07
Actually the writing practice still remain, the only major changes is the technologies. We can still hold and enjoy the mood of the charm and today's world make that "charming" more better, where we can put up our lovely words on blog or web and much well kept and for the next generation reading. I mean, we have to think about the system of implementation.
@Dan_ul (858)
• Romania
13 Sep 07
it's sad what did you just sad... I mean "the part with kids today not writing any letters"... I think it's nice to write and even nicer when you also get a response... I admire people that can keep in touch by writing letters to each other... don't ever stop:)
• Philippines
13 Sep 07
Yeah its nice to recieve letters from others and not just electronic messages. I think because emails and txt messages are more easy and cheap. But I think it still have its advantages like you said it will be pricesless in no time. when it comes to emails and text messages I think it allows us to do more chatting and permit us more to be more connected.
• Hong Kong
13 Sep 07
I agree that letters have their own charm. Now only my boyfriend would write me real letters. I don't even know anyone would write letters now. I think emails and texts are really convenient but whenever I get a letter in the mail box, I would be really happy. I still send postcards to some of my older friends when I travel and they really appreciate the act.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
13 Sep 07
My Grandmother asked me a while back if anyone "writes" any more. She meant writing in cursive versus printing, but I know she also misses the letters that used to get sent to her. When I was younger - MANY years ago it seems - I wrote to a slew of people every week! My grandmother, 2 of my cousins, a childhood friend (writing kept our friendship alive since the 4th grade!), about 3 high-school friends, my mother, sisters and brothers. That was all before I was 15 years old! When I went to live with my father, my step-mother half-jokingly told me I'd have to get a job to help pay for all the stamps I use. I RARELY write a letter any more - the last letters I wrote were to my son in the Navy during boot camp and before he got his e-mail set up on his ship (that's been probably 2 years???). I really should do it more often, my penmanship is horrible, and yes, it is nice to get something other than a bill in the mail!
@Valce1 (173)
• Canada
13 Sep 07
Letters are slow Sometimes this is good, because e-mail puts the pressure on you to reply right away, which can result in you running out of things to say really fast. For long-distance correspondance with an acquaintace, letters are better.
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
13 Sep 07
The art of writing letters are just fading away. Though in IX and X standard English studies they do have couple of exercises of writing a personal letter, business letter and writing a letter to government agency. The style differs for each of these categories and it is a part of their examination. But then by just writing these formal letters, one will not be able to learn the art of writing letters which was quite interesting avocation known to mankind some 2 or 3 decades ago. People do not go to post offices to buy stamps because they do not post letters. Soemthing has to be done by parents to inculcate the habit of writing letters by their children. At least they should do it in asking them to write letter to parents!!
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
13 Sep 07
Hey. My daughter loves to write letters to her cousins in Australia and then in turn write her back... She loves to write letters because she also loves to draw and like to send her drawings over as well... As for our son, he settles for convenience and uses email or messenger options to talk to cousins... I like to write as well type...
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
13 Sep 07
We still use snail mails, because there are still places here in my country that is still not reached by "technology" or the internet!;) It is really that fun and reliable, but I guess most people have forgotten it's importance and how it used to help us back then. I think children should stil be thought about letter-writings, because we're not really one will ever need it.