E-mail VS Traditional Mail, Which is Your Choice and Why?

China
October 30, 2009 7:09am CST
With the development of the Internet, E-mail has become more and more popular and most people will spend much time on receiving and sending E-mails. Yes, E-mail has matured and gained popularity, however, according to some specialists, the popularity of E-mail doesn't necessarily mean that it completely beats out postal mail. In their eyes, traditional mails are more secure than E-mails. From where I stand, traditional mails have been out of date and E-mails will become the trend of communication sonner or later. So, what's your opinion about it? If you have to make a choice between E-mail and traditional mail, what is your choice? Are E-mails less secure than the traditional mails? Thanks for your reply!
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@olepmis (844)
• Philippines
30 Oct 09
I do prefer emails in communicating my friends because it is more safe and fastest way of sending and receiving mails. Although I have to pay my internet service more than I pay for traditional mail where there is a possibility of losing my mail while in transit, I do prefer email than traditional mail. Thanks to the internet.
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• Philippines
30 Oct 09
It may be depending on the need if it is a formal document it is still best to use the traditional mail and in sending personalized handmade card with messages. It has more personal touch. Whereas when one is in a hurry or just a need to greet or remind a friend, a email would be good as a form of messaging system to used.
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@drannhh (14680)
• United States
30 Oct 09
I would choose e-mail in an eyeblink! Snail mail is called that for a reason and having to go to the mailbox and reroute mail when one is away from home is a pain. E-mail is much more reliable and did I say FREE! Still as bad as the regular mail is, it is sort of a miracle that it ever worked at all with so many people and places in need of communication, and if there were a massive power out we would have to fall back on some other system. Scary.
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@much2say (21087)
• United States
30 Oct 09
I used to be a big time letter writer in the days before the internet. I loved taking the time to write, and decortate my letters and envelopes - and sending them off. And I loved it when anyone else took the time to do the same! With the internet, I became an email letter writer. It was so much easier because I could eventually type faster than I could write. Editing made life easier too - with copy/paste and such. It was cheaper too - no postage stamps, no copies of photos to pay for, no stationery to buy. It saves from having to use paper (save the trees) - and the receiver can get the email in a second. I still think traditional mail is more personal - especially in terms of sending cards for occasions (instead of those e-cards or e-vites). We still need traditional mail systems to deliver packages (not just letters). And at least with tradtional mail, you won't get attacked by lame viruses that can screw up your computer.
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@jasmen82 (63)
• Singapore
30 Oct 09
hi, I think I preferred email. Becoz it is faster and more efficient. Traditional mail depends slot of transport, so it may take days to reach the destination. And it also cost money to buy stamps. But for email it just take seconds to reach the intended party. Therefore, I think email is very efficient and fast. And it also free.
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@cutepenguin (6460)
• Canada
30 Oct 09
I use email for almost everything - the only things my friends and I use regular mail for are invitations and occasionally packages.
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@yongwyu (42)
• China
30 Dec 11
Hi getbrowser, On the contrary, I believe the traditional has more riks. You may leak the content of email, address of receptor/sender or phone numbers. E-mail surely will take more important role than traditional mail because of it's convenience. If someone wnana have beautiful memory with the handwriting with others, traditional mails may have market.
@LeeHolt (436)
1 Dec 09
There are pros and cons for each choice! Me personally, I will use email as a quick way to reach someone whos email address I do have, or to send a file that is on my PC etc. However, traditional mail I do still use for sending real articles, or to people who do not have have an email account!
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
I'd prefer email. It makes transmission quick and is able to reach the farthest.
@andy77e (5171)
• United States
10 Nov 09
I am not sure as to why security is an issue. I can't imagine anything I would say over E-mail that I would not want known. It is possible to encode Email, but that requires you and the person you are sending too, has that encryption and key. In that case, a letter would be slightly more secure, but then I've received mail that should have gone to my neighbor, and opened it without realizing. And the government has on many occasions opened peoples mail without asking. I guess it depends on what you are trying to hide. As for which is better? The big issue I have with Email is simply that people tend to write very sloppy and with bad English. It is a constant reminder that our government operated school system is absolutely horrible.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
6 Nov 09
This is interesting, I have just had an experience, with a government department, where I had made two unanswered email requests for information, so I sent them a snail mail. This was answered within ten days. Now, two weeks later, still no email response. I think this could happen more often in a world where someong gets hundreds of electronic requests to one postal one.
@salonga (24455)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
Traditional mails is outdated and I think I would rather use electronic mail. Why should I wait for long before my message will be delivered when there is a faster and easier and cheaper way. I don't think e-mails are less secure but rather it is the other way around. Traditional mails can be delivered in wrong place just what usually happens in my office. I often received mails that do not belong to me and I don't understand why the postman kept on leaving those mails in my desk. We have password to open our e-mailbox via so I think this is safer than the manual delivery of mails.
• United States
1 Nov 09
One other reason maybe that snail mail costs $.44 per letter here in the States.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
1 Nov 09
E-mail is popular because it saves our time. Now life is very busy.We have no enough time to write long letters. But e-mail can't be replaced love letter. To express our deep emotion we must depend on pen and papers.
@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
1 Nov 09
E-mail is the in thing. Given a choice I would rather choose E-mail over traditional mail which I called snail mail. When you send E-mail you can sometimes get almost instantaneous reply.Snail mail moves slowly.When you get a reply a week has elapsed. Three cheers for E-mail.
• China
1 Nov 09
hello getbrowser,i prefer E-mail for it is more convenience and quicker,to send an E-mail,you just need a computer which is internet connected and an E-mail acount,then,you can send a lot of e-mails to one who you know his/her E-mail address,after one or two minutes,the receiver can see the email,it is so easy. frankly say,there are about 7 years i have never send or get traditional mails.
@Staraven (160)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I agree that they probably are less secure. However, I prefer e-mails for the ease of it. You don't have to pay by-the-letter, and it's fast.
@wolveren (1525)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Well it all depends on how you want to receive things. Traditional postal mails are great to recieve. You don't need power to open and read them. Very personal too. If you're looking to get mails quickly as possible emails are the best. For traditional mails, I hate our antiquated postal service in my country. My friends all over the world send me mails and it takes months till I get it or probably even never. So I prefer not to get mails through the cheap postal service here. I advice my friends and family that if they send me packages or mails they use better services like fedex or ups. Those donot go through our postal service so we receive those promptly with no problems. Our government is corrupt and so are the people in the postal service. They tamper mails specially those with money. For simple letters that's why I would rather choose emails. Cheers!
@hagirl (1296)
• United States
1 Nov 09
If I had to choice one or the other I would choose e-mail because then I could make a copy right then and there especially when it comes to insurance and you need proof now. Besides they are going to send you cards anyway but who wants to wait a week for the cards when they could be driving off in their car today. When I request for things I usually request for them both. If there is a discrepancy with one then it can be caught on the other.
@haiershen (1084)
• China
1 Nov 09
i would like to use e-mail than traditional mail,as e-mail is fast than traditional mail,e-mail always send around one or two minuters,do not consider the distance,but the traditional mail always trasify nearly fifteen day.but now, many familys have one or two computer,so that e-mail is very convenience than traditional mail.good luck and have a nice day!