do you write personal letters still today?

@shibham (17025)
India
October 6, 2009 3:03am CST
hi everyone. in this world of modern technologies we are running fast. we have no time to waste bcoz we need to run according to time. but dont forget that once upon a time the postal system was the most vital part of our life. although the science has overcomed this system, but we cant avoid it. we are still writing various type of letters. but do u write personal letters or u are totally dependent on mobile phone or internet mailing? i think writting letter should be considered as one of the best hobbies. what do u think? please share. SHIBHAM
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• Malaysia
7 Oct 09
No, it is emails all the way. Sometimes, for official letters, we may have to write using snail mail. SMS and hand phones have made even writing email a little outmoded. So snail mail is surely out of my systems as far as personal hard copes are concerned.
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@Gspice (15)
• United States
7 Oct 09
I still write letters. Because my grandparents and other older family members don't have a computer and I feel it's more personal and intimate to give them something in my own personal handwriting. I miss the days of writing and you would open your mailbox and find a letter there for you. Now it's all junk mail and that isn't personal or meaning. But I find myself sometimes reading it just to have something to read thats meant for me. I feel we need to slow down and take time to breath and smell the roses. Or our lives are going to past by us so fast we'll find ourselves wrinkled and old and wondering where our lives went.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi dear friend. i dont think that letters are outmoded. may be it slow and we have gotten some easy process to get connected but i never ponder that letters are going to be outdated. anyway thanks for your response. hi gspice. i think you wanted to post your views as a response but it is a comment to gracefuldove. anyway i appreciate your view. thanks friends. have a nice day. lo,l........
@jashoaf (298)
• United States
8 Oct 09
I agree, gspice. When you get a letter in the mailbox you immediately smile and sit down to read it. There's something very nostalgic about that, like someone cared enough to take the time. Our culture is losing the value of slowing down a little and taking the time.
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@jashoaf (298)
• United States
7 Oct 09
I do write personal letters, but not much. Mostly to my sons who live far away. I correspond most by email and phone. Though a letter is more personal and confidential than an email, it is not as good as actually hearing the voice.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
yes friend. you are right that if want to offer someone our voice than cell phone is more applicable than letters. but i think that letters have more personal felings than others. do u not think so? thanks for dropping by. take care.
@jashoaf (298)
• United States
8 Oct 09
In a way, no. Nothing is more personal to me than the voice, if you can't be face to face. but personal letters are important as well. I use letters for difficult subjects, like confrontations or hurtful things, because I can word it correctly without letting my emotions take over and mess it up. I also use them for very personal things that the recipient might want to keep - love letters, thank you notes, special occasions, that sort of thing.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
18 Oct 09
[b]I haven't abandoned personal letters at all. After all, everything one puts into email can be seen by others, so there's no assurance of privacy. The main reason, however, is that, even though I write in the same style no matter in what medium, I appreciate the personal touch of an actual letter, so I do the same for my friends. They appreciate it, too. Maggiepie "PLEASE DON'T TELL OBAMA WHAT COMES AFTER A TRILLION!"[/b]
@shibham (17025)
• India
19 Oct 09
hi there. u are right. if we want to gain aome personal touches, then nothing can replace letters. may be the mailing is an easy ang prompt process but the intimacy borns through letters.lol.... take care
@sblossom (2170)
14 Oct 09
Two years ago I moved to the UK and I started to write letters to my family in China. Of course I can talk with them on skype but my father worked in mail industry and he had a special feeling about letters. My mother told me he wants to get letters from me. So now I write letters to him monthly. It’s more expensive than talking on line. However I can send him some photos or cards, also can tell him more about my life here. The bad thing is sometimes these letters delayed one month, even more. Luckily by now I have not lost any letter to him. (cross woods)
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@shibham (17025)
• India
19 Oct 09
hi sblossom. how are you? i appreciate your sense of feelings and the dutifulness to your father. great son( or daughter?) really. yes it is expensive but the heart beating touches of its are different from every aspects. so keep it up. lol.......
• United States
8 Oct 09
I still write letters all the time. I like writing letters. I don't hardly text anyone. I do send email online to but I like writing and sending letters out. I use to write to people all over the world. I had friends in many places all over the world.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi there. unfortunately i am not your friend. if i would be than i would recieve your letters. anyway we are friend here, right? keep it up. lets strngthen our friendship.... hahaha.. thanks for your response. lol...........
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
I love writing personal letters to my friends but that was before. Nowadays, people are more dependent on high-technology gadgets. Me too! But I still consider writing personal letters more sweet. I communicate with my friends with so many ways now. I text and call them through my cellphone. I also send them messages through e-mail and chatting.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi there. i think there are no excuses to give up letters. may be people are more dependent to modern technologies but it is considered as harmful as well. right? i hope we should not ponder it so far but i never say to neglect it totally. it has also some opportunities. anyway thanks for your response. lol........
• China
7 Oct 09
One or two years before,when i was in senior high school,i still writed letters to my friends who didn't study in the same school with me.We kept in touch with each other by writting letters,we enjoyed writting letters very much.But now in university,we only use cellphones and internet,what a pity!
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@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi there. i hope you will start writting letters now instead of using modern technologies. in case of an intimate touch, nothing can overcome letters. right? so lets start it again. lol........... take care.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Hi Shibham. I love to write personal letters and notes. People are always surprised and happy to receive them these days, as I am when I receive one. It adds a more personal touch...plus I love the actual process of writing by hand sometimes as opposed to always "typing." Karen
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@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi karen, you are really expressing my thoughts. i am sure that it makes a person glade when he recieves a hand written letter instead of some typed verson. more personal touch........... it is the factor for which we should write letters. thanks karen. lol............
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@kobetan (14)
• China
6 Oct 09
hi,shibham,I'll write personal letters if I want to konw someone more.because I think we can know more for a personal letter sometimes.The style is the man,right?
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
hi kobetan. style is the man. it is a good practise that we should prolongate. thanks for response.
@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
Hello friend, Yah,until now i still wrote personal letters to distant friends. Mostly during occasions,like sending birthday cards ,thank you cards and other occasions. It is better to wrote personal letters to express how much we value someone in our lives rather than texting or sending emails.
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Oct 09
that's is true. it will always be special to write and receive personalized notes, cards and letters.
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
hi jaiho. i appreciate your last line. but know, there are differences between cards and letters. i mean writtings in a blank sheet is different from some printed dialouges. right? thanks for dropping by.lol
@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
@shibham, Of course,i always wrote my own words and my own lines. I never rely on any words or thoughts from the card alone. Besides,i always buy a card without any writings inside,i only buy card with the greetings infront. it is not a personal letter anymore if you send a card with all the wording inscripted from the card. Uhmn,i always love to write,i always loves to say what i feel,and express my love from my own dialogue and not being copied from anyone's thoughts.
@ckyera (17262)
• Philippines
6 Oct 09
hello shibham! i always love writing personal letters...when my husband & i are still bf/gf, i always write a letter for him...i remember that those personal letters do a lot for our relationship to survive...(well that time we are having a long distance relationship) even there's already text messaging by then, i still prefer writing him a letter...which he really appreciates. now, i still want to write letters for him, yes i still do but i just hand it to him! hehe since we are living in the same house now...i just write short messages for him... last week, just last week, i receive a letter from my cousin and i write back to her...and the feeling is just different... i think writing personal letters is really great for its more personal, more sincere... i also write to some of my friends but just through e-mail...hehe
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
helloooooooooooooo nice to meet you here again. hahaha.... ohhh... what some great days were for you and beloved. writing a love letter, recieving it, concealing it from others, reading it silently. what an excitement. i just can imagine coz i have not crossed it yet but, yes but once a girl gave me a love letter, and i kept it under my bed sheet, my mother got it and read it. then questions and questions. i gave clearification and the rest is history. hahaha... if you are fond of writing letters than i can give you my address hoping to recieve at least a letter. nice imagination, right. anyway thnks DHANYBAAD.
@ckyera (17262)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
hehe...hi shibham! i guess most moms are like that! hehe coz my mom also read some letters that i get from my bf...hehe and now, my mom & i also read some letters that my brother received from his gf! haha well, well, those memories, yes reading love letters is really exciting! haha and even letters from friends just bring a different joy! when i was in highschool, i even have a penpal! we exchange letters weekly! huh! its just bad that we lost contact already...but i still keep some letters from her... haha, if i will write to you, will answer back then? hehe but i just don't know how much is the cost for courier...
@shibham (17025)
• India
9 Oct 09
hi ckyera. do u not consider it as an offence? we have no right to read others letters in his/her absence. right? sometimes it makes me angry if someone read or open my letters without my permission. yes, i shall definitly reply your letters. are you afraid of cost of courier? money is nothing in friendship. give me your address. i shall write first.hahaha... take care. lol....
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 Oct 09
hi shibham, yes, i still write personal letters today. i still make it for my husband and my parents. i used to surprise my husband with a note, e.g. insert a bill/money with an i love you note in his wallet's secret pocket and a lovely note in the box cover of his new pair of shoes. it maybe short but very personal and sweet!
@aakkii (213)
• India
6 Oct 09
hi msfrancisco, your style of surprisation is quiet interesting, keep it up.LOL
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 Oct 09
it really surprises my hubby. he loves it and so happy about it! you can do it too my dear wanna try?!!!
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
6 Oct 09
Hello my wonderful friend I love this my friend, just goes to show how wonderful and considerate you are, I think I will do this when the time comes I will take your advice and write that letter, your the third person to advise me and I have not made an effort, not that I don't agree its just hard to get in the mood, but I will You are so sweet, your family is lucky to have you. Thanks for being my friend.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
6 Oct 09
Hello my friend You are right, I use to write all the time but lately just the though depresses me its really sad, I owe someone a letter rightnow and it so unfair that I have not responded as of yet I use to write just to write, I would write on anything as long as I had a pen/paper you will see something I wrote, now lol it really stinks, I keep saying one day I will do this but that never has yet to come therefore I will not say it now, in time my friend in time. Thank you.
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 Oct 09
kitty dear...do it now my friend. don't miss the opportunity of stating or writing your message for your friend or someone you wish and promise to write on. i am happy to see you here. i love the exchange of messages with you and if we can do it here you can do it too with your magical pen and paper plus your heart and mind to compose that lovely note. smile!!!
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
msfrancisco is right.dear kitty, although you are not obliged to respond but u have some loyalities toward your close circle. dont wait for one day. lets start today coz as a letter express our feelings, nothing can be better than it. we should not paler this oldest communication system.lol. smoochess
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Hello my two friends You are right but the letter I have are filled with some mistruths if I respond it will not be too nice, this is another reason I am holding off, really upset with this person actually and feel no obligation what so ever, I will respond in my own time, this is not a person that jumped for me, so I will not jump for them. There is so much more to this, but I agree with both of you just not for this case. Thank you so much.smoochess
@vicky30 (4779)
• India
8 Apr 10
I never write personal letters till today.I never used to write during olden days.Only my mom and my grandmom used to communicate through postal letters in those days.I used to write a few lines to my grandmom during that time.Now some people who do not have computers at home still use post as a medium to send letters and greeting cards.Post is still there in the world today but it does not operate the way it used to work in the days before.
@shibham (17025)
• India
11 Apr 10
I understand but to continue the writting habit, we need to write a lot. And the passions and emotions behind a letter are always noticable. Have a nice day.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
11 Apr 10
I understand but to continue the writting habit, we need to write a lot. And the passions and emotions behind a letter are always noticable. Have a nice day.
@vicky30 (4779)
• India
11 Apr 10
Yes that is true.Thanks for the comment and happy mylotting.
@derek_a (10903)
7 Oct 09
Would you believe that I still have some friends that do not and will not get a computer. I still tend to type out their letters on the computer, but instead of e-mailing them, I print them out and post them snail-mail. - Derek
@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi derek. i think that it would be better if u send letters of your own handwriting bcoz they will meet you through the smell of your ink. perhaps they dont want the smell of a chemical. if i would be a reciever of your letters than i would requested you to send letters ny your own handwritting instead some chemical writtings. lol............
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@derek_a (10903)
9 Oct 09
Well yes, then I would send in my own handwriting if you request, but many of my friends ask me not to do this because my handwriting it so difficult to read!.. I don't know why, because I can always read it! - Derek
@shibham (17025)
• India
9 Oct 09
hahaha... i am handwritting expert.
• Bangladesh
7 Oct 09
Shibham, I am absolutely right with you.When i give a letter to my soul mate it is not about convey my feelings or simple information. I do believe its my touch all in every where. My hand writing can only reflects me at that moment. I think when he will read my letter I am staying right beside with him......Nuzhat
@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi nuzhat. first time i have met a friend from bangladesh. KEMAN AASO? hahaha... nice imagination of staying beside your beloved. it is great to communicate through letter bcoz a least person do this. i appreciate it. take care. have a nice day.
• Bangladesh
8 Oct 09
Hi shivam!! ami khub valo asi. Its really nice to see my Bangla in this international site.First only you say Bangla words. Where are you stay in India? Do you know Bangla.It will be great then for me at least.take care.
@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi nuzhat. AAMI INDIA THEKE. AAMI KHUB BHAALO BANGLA BALTE PAARINA TABU AAKTU CHESTA KARI. TUMI NACHIKETA, SUMAN ABONG ANJAN DUTTAKE JAANO? AAMI ODER GAAN KHUB SUNI. AAMAR PRIYO GAYAK UNI. anyway i am sending u a friendship request by which we can converse easily. hope u will accept it. nice to meet u nuzhat. take care
• United States
6 Oct 09
I loved to write personal letters when I was younger. Pages and pages of just teenage agnst to my best friend that lived in a different state, and she did the same. We used to go and buy stationary (all different colors and background pictures)and write to each other. I loved sending snail mail and getting mail, it feels much more personal and thoughtful. And Shibham, you are correct, nowadays its all about time and running around getting things done. I still try to write a letter every so often but with the internet and cell phones its just quicker and easier. But I do hope that the personal touch is never lost.
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
hi there. it seems that you wrote illustrate letters mean you baught some cards to write on. me right? if so, then it is not the letter that i have mentioned. i mentioned about a letter written in blank sheet. anyway that is also a good commonication instead of sms and mailing. at least it is sustaining the old system of posting. right? yes although we have found some prompt and easy communication systems but the personal touches of letters are still remaining. good luck. take care.
• United States
7 Oct 09
No, they weren't cards but blank sheets of stationary (writing paper that had background to it but you could write on top) so I'm not sure if I misunderstood you or not. If you meant letters written on plain white paper, I have written them as well, whichever type of paper I use, the letters usually start out with "Dear so and so" or an appropriate greeting. But you are write that it is still something other than SMS and email (although email now has "stationary" as well, lol)
@shibham (17025)
• India
9 Oct 09
hi there. i am so sorry. anyway i appreciate you for the jobs you are doing still today. lol
• Australia
6 Oct 09
I have pen pals where I still send snail mails all over the world but unfortunately since I had my daughter 2 1/2 years ago, I haven't had the time to sit down & write any so I tend to use email & facebook moreso now.
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
snail mail? what do u want to say? do u think that all the reciever of your letters are using computer. perhaps not. if yes, then you are defalcating your friend circle coz it is not easy to be an owner of a comuter, specialy in my friend circle. anwway thanks for response.
• Australia
7 Oct 09
I don't think all of my pen pals have computers but the mojority of them have interet access whether it be at home, local library or school.
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
ohhh... that so nice. thanks again.lol
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Oct 09
I do still write personal letters. Just a few years ago, I used to write them all the time. My grandmother lived pretty far away and she loved getting letters. I have to admit that I liked getting them too. It ws a nice surprise to get off from work and find a letter in the mail.
@shibham (17025)
• India
7 Oct 09
hi jenin. find a letter in the mail or in the post box? i am little bit puzzle. yes, your grandma has passed those days when the modern communication ststems did not exist. so they were habituate in writting letters and now when they recieve a letter from some close person then they consider it as an additional gift. lol. take care.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Oct 09
It would be the post box..some of the slang is mail or mailbox. Sorry about that.
@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
no problem. have a nice day jenin. take care.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Letter Writing - Writing a letter with a feather pen and stationary.
Hi Shibham, I still take the time to write letters to many family members. They do not have the internet anyhow, but they are older and really love to get the letters, note cards and greeting cards that I send. I try to send my letters to my family and friends at least once a month, many times as you have said we get too busy and it gets longer between letters. Your post has reminded me that I need to get a few letters out very soon. It has been a while since sent one to my Aunt on the west coast. When I write letters, most times I also place a photo of us or something we did or somewhere we went. It brings us a little more closer together and not so far away. It really does not take that much time to write the letters, many times I write them when I am relaxing in front of the T.V.
@shibham (17025)
• India
8 Oct 09
hi there. i have nothing to say on it bcoz you are doing all everything that i seek. in front of tv, its funny, hahaha...... take care friend. i need your presence here bcoz you are going to be a friend of mine. lol.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
12 Oct 09
Again, want to thank you for reminding me to write a letter. Over the weekend I wrote 2 letters, one to my Aunt and another to a nephew who does not have a computer. I also sent pictures of us and the beautiful Autumn colors here in the mountains I am sure the both of them will be very happy to receive my mail.