A dying Art

@chulce (1540)
United States
July 26, 2009 9:34am CST
Even here on this site I have noticed that the art of letter writing is slowly dying. How many of us actually take the time to write to a friend? Even via e-mail, all of us are guilty of simply sending a forward that we received from someone else. We don't actually write any more. Or what we write doesn't communicate properly to those around us. The younger generation communicates through texting. I am sorry but, that just isn't writing. Our youth have lost an art of communication that has brought us so many great writers. This art needs to be found again. We as writers truly need to help bring this art back again. Today as I sit here writing to you, I have set myself a goal. My goal is to write a letter each day to someone different in my family. I want them to each know that I want to communicate with them personally, not send them some forward from someone else. I want them to know that I care and that they mean more to me. Maybe if we show that we appreciate each other more, it will help the world become a better place. Think of the lives that could be changed through the art of writing letters once again. Have you written to anyone today?
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@Sweeten (159)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I have not written to anyone today or recently , but i have to agree with you on the fact that poeple now days prefer to just forward messages instead of writing them.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
I haven't written a letter in years, and I don't even see why it's important. The point of writing letters is communication, and if you can do that just as well via email, then ink on paper sent by snail mail is just a useless hangover from a past time. And in case you think I'm too young to appreciate letter-writing, I'm 72. I was once a member of a letter-writing group and was very glad to have it available before the internet. But now my friends and I can carry on long conversations via email without waiting for days for the letters to get back and forth. If you want serious conversation, then snail mail was a real obstacle to get through. Another point, though maybe not a major one, is cost. if you're already paying for internet service, and letter writing is one of the things you can use it for, why spend the extra money on snail mail? And why use paper that will probably be thrown away? People confuse the means of communication with the communication itself. Snail mail is a delivery system. Email is a delivery system. What's delivered depends on the individuals involved. Email doesn't determine in any way what you can or can't write, or how frequently you do it.
@chulce (1540)
• United States
26 Jul 09
You make a valid point. But, it is the art of actually writing the letter, that you don't find anymore. Even with the two styles of delivery that you mention. Through e-mail many people only respond in maybe a sentence if you are lucky to get any kind of response at all. The point to this was to get people to think about communication and one form that has basically gone away. Yes, postage via regular mail has gotten expensive and yes, we pay for the internet as a delivery system, but how many of us actually use it to communicate in the art of a letter? How many of us actually take time out of our day to communicate to friends and family about what we are doing? What the weather has been doing? What neighbor has irritated us today. We as a society have closed off our worlds to those close to us and are now simply mere shadows of who we used to be when you think about it. Remember this is only an opinion and one view. I thank you for your kindness in responding. I thank you for your wisdom and for you being you.
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• United States
26 Jul 09
What I should have added is that the people who respond with very short replies probably aren't going to be letter writers at all. Literacy has declined, people are in a hurry, and they often want a quick answer to a quick question. If you don't have much to say, email is actually more useful than snail mail. The art of writing -- period -- has declined, which doesn't seem too obvious if we look at the amount of content on the web. But a lot of it is garbage that wouldn't even have had an outlet before the web. People can write the most illiterate trash and get it published on web writing sites, and then think they can submit to print publishers, who are probably being snowed under by tons more bad writing than before the web. On the good side, communication by people who really want to connect with each has been made much easier. For beginning writers who are willing to listen to helpful critiques, the web is also a wonderful place to practice and improve their writing. Writing good emails to your friends is also writing practice.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I don't write very often, but I do write to some people who don't have email or computers (such a my mother). If I have something physical I want to send to someone--a photo or a newspaper clipping--I'll send it in a notecard or brief letter. If someone takes me out for my birthday or something I'll send a written thank-you note... I feel it's more personal and appropriate than just sending an email thank-you.
@chulce (1540)
• United States
26 Jul 09
It is great to add those personal touches. It shows the receiver that you appreciate and respect them. It makes them smile I am sure. Koodos!!!!
@lawana_f (327)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I have found that everyone loves to receive mail (snail mail as I have heard it called). I love sending mail to children so as least they learn that they can write letters. After they reach a certain age then if they want letters from me they find out that I need to receive a letter from them about once a month. If I send a letter every week and then can return one once a month. Mind you by the time they reach their teenage years they no longer sned me letter very often, but by then they at least have the basics down and can write a letter. It is an art that is disapearing. I have sent an email letter today to a friend. I like your goal. Stamps are expensive for those of us on a fixed income. My arthritis makes it hard to actually write lettes like I once did, but it is important that children receive hand written letters. If my other letters are done on the computer and printed up and mailed or emailed then the adults in my family and my friends understand my health problems and still enjoy the letters.
@chulce (1540)
• United States
26 Jul 09
That is great that you have written to children. What a great idea. You are right, by the time the kids reach teenage stage, they seem to forget about the ones that have gotten them started on the art, or rather have gotten to busy in their young lives to remember. Which is okay, you have laid down the initial foundations and that is wonderful. Yes, they have they basics and someday, may go back to them. One can only hope. Happy writing!
@Morbid69 (51)
• United States
27 Jul 09
That is a very good post. It has actually inspired me to write a letter to a friend I've slowly been loosing contact with. Thanks for that post!
@Porcospino (16630)
• Denmark
27 Jul 09
When I was younger I had a lot of penpals and it was one of my hobbies to exchange letters with people from other parts of the world. I still send handwritten letters to my friends every once in a while, but I have started writing a lot of emails instead of snail mail letters. It is easy and fast to communicate via emails, but sometimes I enjoy writing and receiving snail mail letters. A few of my friends don't like to use computers and emails, so we always communicate via handwritten letters instead.
• United States
27 Jul 09
I haven't written anyone today, but I do love to write by hand. I feel there is something more personal about a letter which has actually been handwritten, you can even tell a lot about a person via their handwriting.
@bhabytart (1116)
• Philippines
27 Jul 09
hello there.... yes i've notice that also.... i still remember when i was still in high school. i have a crush and we used to write each other.... every other week i receive a letter from him. you know every time the mailman would pass by our house i would see if i have mail and if a have i would jump!!!! for joy!!! hahahaha..... but that was a long time ago... now all i receive are bills to pay.... receiving a letter really makes a difference... Oh.... yes i did send an email to a friend to today...well i hope he writes back... nice topic!!! have a nice day....
@machizmo (279)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I sort of got out of writing but I am starting to get back into it as of late. I think you are right though, many do not appreciate writing like they once did.
• Philippines
27 Jul 09
I love writing letters. I would actually write some short notes on a cute stationary and slip it on a friend's book or notebook. Or I would leave a thank you note or a note of appreciation for my sister or my mom. Whenever I'm sad or I'm angery, I write a letter to myself or to God. I guess, i'm just in the habit of writing letters. I agree,it's really an art. That is why is saddening that in our present times, I notice that we're no longer into writing letters anymore. I may be a little bit old-fashioned, but nothing beats the thrill of receiving a handwritten work of art in a nicely-scented paper and reading the raw emotions through them. Ah, pure bliss!
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
27 Jul 09
Dear friend, After the using of computer my writing has come down very much and not my even others too. May be as an art many other arts too gone due to the advance of technology and social changes. I hope it is really a talent to write well and I just remember my school days when we hac handwriting competitions which is not there now.
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I do write to different people...I haven't done it in a while. But when my boyfriend and I were in different parts of the country we wrote letters to one another all the time (through snail mail) as well as talk to one another online and on the phone all the time. On here we are all writing. Plus I love to write in my journal.