Do you think "snail mails" are obsolete?

@Fulltank (2896)
Philippines
October 2, 2009 8:59pm CST
With the latest technology at hand (esp. CP, computers and internet), getting in touch with people from all over the world is just a second away. This wonders me why the postal service is still in business. Now i got the answer to this question several weeks ago. I had to contact a friend who is a doctor which was assigned in a remote area here in the Philippines. The bad news is that its so remote that only a postal service is available for him be be contacted. And for 15 years or so, i drop my letter on a post office and after two weeks, I receive a reply letter. This I think will prove that "snail mails" are still valuable mode of communication in this computer world. What do you think?
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11 responses
@dpk262006 (56108)
• Delhi, India
6 Oct 09
Hi there! Your observation is on the dot. Snail mails is becoming gradually an obsolete affair. In the olden days it was great fun to write personal letter in our own beautiful hand-writing and could to post the same to some near and dear ones. However, with the technological advancement the charm of sending handwritten letters is getting lost and in big cities people do not send hand written letters. They have started relying more on emails and SMSs/Mobile phones and chatting to converse with our near and dear ones. Our next generation will not able to know the charm and pleasure of sending hand written letters, which is very sad.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
24 Aug 12
Another three years had pass, but "snail mails" are still alive, though only in the background. The post offices still receives and delivers them. My "bills" were still delivers through snail mails though its always late now.
@dpk262006 (56108)
• Delhi, India
24 Aug 12
I have not seen a comments to my response which was posted three years ago. Do you still receive letters through snail mail?
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
25 Aug 12
Many of our best discussion threads were created when we are still new in this site. I think you should try to revive yours too as it will be much easier to comment on our own post rather than responding to others post. The good thing about it is that you already knew very well the topic and commenting on other people's post in your discussion thread seems much easier. Thanks for dropping by.
@indybaty (373)
• Panama
4 Oct 09
Hi Fulltank. Welcome to my lot. I feel that the snail mail postal service is and will always be invaluable. Its not obsolete at all. When you want to send a beautiful postcard that you hand made to a special relative overseas and they answer back to you with a picture of your postcard or returning it even better than ever? Naaaah.. not at all. You cant do that with internet or today┬┤s technology. You cant personalize it as much as you would want to truly. You yourself also made a good point. When everything fails, we still have teh snail mail. So it takes a while but that shouldnt be an issue. Sometimes the most amazing things happen when you just slow down and take a peek as my mom always says. Now, the postal service in my country is used inmensely, but we are such a small country that some of us just go out and visit our family one day by just taking a stroll or driving. But it proves quite handy with your things internationally.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
i don't even send postcards to my friends this days. i just text them or email them if i wanted to make contact.
@indybaty (373)
• Panama
5 Oct 09
Right but that is only if the friend is close by or just in an area where there is a signal. For the ones that are too far and internet fails.. nothing works better than a snail mail.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
yeah you are right there. thats why i ask this question if many mylotters are still using snail mail. really wanted to know what most people think about snail mails.
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
Snail mails are not yet obsolete. I used to be in a long distance relationship and even though me and my boyfriend used to send emails everyday, there are times that I would send him a snail mail. I know that its a little old fashion even at this evolved new technology but emails are very easy to delete or so while snail mails are quite different. It has a sentimental value to a person and most people keep snail mails especially if its from a very special person.
• Mexico
4 Oct 09
Snail mails could be really a romantic way to say i love you. I don't know exactly where is the romantic part on it but i think that it's in the moment where you receive personally your letter and you try to read without opening it.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
5 Oct 09
i remember sending snail mail to my would be future wife fifteen years ago and she still keeps all the letters with her. mine was gone already.lol
@jenlex79 (257)
• United States
4 Oct 09
There will always be "snail mail". After all, how are you going to send someone a package through the internet....not humanly possible. My father lives far away from me and he usually sends me and my daughter's Birthday and Christmas presents through the mail. Yes, "snail mail" is very important. We must never forget that. Some people still can't afford internet service, therefore, they use the postal service.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
27 Aug 12
And as I said on my relies above, its been three years now and "snail mails" are still going on. Though not very much alive, they are still there. Thanks to those companies who delivers their letters through mails.
• Mexico
4 Oct 09
Considering this exemple the answer is yes!. In some cases snail mails are a very useful tool, specially if you want to be completely sure that the person will receive personally your letter and, there are some feelings that you can only express them in a paper written with your own letters.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
30 Aug 12
They are still there, and I think they will still here for more years to come. I just hope that snail mails will not be completely gone. Though many of the kids today doesn't know how to compose a letter anymore.
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
3 Oct 09
I live in U.S. & my mom works for post office. Few post offices have been closed due to lack of business. Message was posted on bulletin board when she works that everybody's job is guranteed only till end of this year & they're thinking about cutting back even more. There's a talk of USPS - United States Postal Service - going private. I have to admit, I do most of the things like paying bills & mails through computer. I don't think postal service is going away all together but they'll be some major changes to them soon.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
27 Aug 12
And I just hope that everything will be work out and nobody will have to suffer.
• India
3 Oct 09
You have yourself illustrated that the Postal Service is still invaluable.In a huge country like India, quite a few places are very remote , where cell phones have not reached or an unaffordable luxury, there the old fashioned postman is the only means of communication. Though most of us have forgotten how to write a letter, it is still the only means of access in some places.So long live "snail mail".
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
writing a letter is still being teach in schools here. i knew because i have an 8 years old daughter who's in grade school.
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
3 Oct 09
I love snail mail. Yes internet and phone and nice too but there is something special about seen the mail men drop a letter in my mail box. Just the other day I got a card from a friend in the snail mail for no reason just to say thank you for been there. That was very special to know that she held that card and wrote in it and seal the envilope made it special something e-mail does not do. And think of all the old people ar people that dont have money to get computers and internet its nice to know they still can keep in touch.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
3 Oct 09
i also loved snail mails, but that 15 years ago when the latest tech. are not yet available.
@wolfie34 (26820)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 12
Here were we live postal prices are extremely expensive, so much so that I reckon they will price themselves out, people will look have access to alternative ways of posting letters, via the internet etc.. Airmail will never go because people have no choice but to send letters and parcels that cannot be sent via email etc. The only time I post letters is at Christmas and birthdays, but anything else I use email. And the time factor too, in our busy lifestyles we want things done straight away and when you have to rely on the post to deliver, its days or sometimes even weeks!
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
27 Aug 12
Hi, You have very interesting experience of postal service. You could communicate with your friend due to this service. In our city applications for the job of government should be sent through post only. I always used to send greetings for birthday or wedding etc. by post. I also receive birthday greetings from some of my friends through the post. It is different feeling when we receive the greeting by post.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
3 Oct 09
Snail mail is still indispensible. I have been working on developing businesses with countries in different parts of the world, trading, inport-export. No doubt, email has become the main means of communication for business as well as personal matters. Yet, there are still places where there is no internet availability. Snail mail is still the way for comminication. It takes time, but there is no other better way !