Are postcards/letters dying tradition?

China
November 13, 2010 11:15pm CST
I used to keep in touch with my friends by postcards and letters during my school days. And i always sent postcards to them at somewhere i traveled to. I think that's nice. However something happened last month puzzled me. That's, i went to a small coastall city. The landscape there is so beautiful! So i went to the nearest post station which took me almost thirty minutes by bus and got some postcards which i found were issued two years ago when i got back to dorm......:( That's not all, when i was ready to send them out, i could not found a pillarbox nearby! Funny, huh!? So i asked a local resident for help. 'Oh, buddy. There's no pillarbox here, why don't you send your photos to your friends via email? You are really out of time!' I was told... So, what's your opinion? Do you think postcards/hand written letters are out of time?
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15 responses
@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
14 Nov 10
yeah i think so... :( and it's sad i think...because i'm still into doing things the old, and traditional way...and i think even nowadays, i think the thrill of receiving a touchable, or tangible, postcard feels better than getting an electronic one.... or maybe it's just a matter of preference, well i don't know, but i LOve THE idea of getting postcards and mails or cards via snail mail.
• China
15 Nov 10
we are a bit alike.:=)
• United States
14 Nov 10
Post cards will be around for a long time, and only squaring these cards off the list of post items may fade away their appeal. Even though we may not find the time or money to use it, many people in different niches of living, find it simple and affordable to mail this way. The traveling men and women all around the world may come in contact with these post cards. As long as their is a medium, or lets say market, post cards will stand the test of time. Friends, family and lovers may find this method more appealing, as it invoke a sense of allure. During my visit to India and Dubai, there was a big collection of these materials for sale at many different pubs and shopping malls. It won't go down into the books as a dying tradition, but I think demand for it may go down and then come back up. Appeal therefore may peak and decline continuously. My next post card letters may be for business purposes, as I know countless other corporations use this for solicitation. Hope I answered your question.
• China
15 Nov 10
I hope tradion will always around us. Thanks for your response.
@jc92619 (116)
14 Nov 10
No, i think thos are goin to be back again,cuz ppl are bored of this electronic thing.......
• United States
14 Nov 10
I wish I could agree, but I'd have to 100 percent disagree with you here. I mean, this is the Age of Technology. People will never get bored of instant gratification. If anything, I would assume that soon we'll find a way to send virtual packages or something. eCards, email, texts... they have all taken the place of the old way of communication. If the electronic age were dying, then we wouldn't be making everything 3D and touch screen; we wouldn't be coming out with new computer modems and game consoles and the iPad and what-not. So, sadly, I have to disagree that we're getting bored of the electronic thing :( if anything it is stronger now than ever.
• United States
14 Nov 10
I'd have to say yes, that they are dying... which really depresses me because I absolutely love writing letters. My friends from other countries and I like to communicate this way because it's so beautiful; but in the age of technology, I most certainly think it's dying out. I also think that in the next 200 years or so, printed books will be something of the past. Maybe even sooner. My sister has a Kindle and now Universities are offering the eBooks... I can see how it would be beneficial, because it would save tree's and such, but at the same time, that will be a really sad day for me if I live to see it.
• China
15 Nov 10
it's really sad that one day you can only see a printed book in a museum...
15 Nov 10
i think yes it was dying.. because of our technology now, it is fast and easier to communicate thru internet, mobile phone etc.. it only took a second and they will receive it unlike the tradition i took days before they receive your letter.. but we still use traditional postcard in important occasion like anniversaries, birthday, christmas, new year and etc..
• Indonesia
15 Nov 10
Perhaps, lol. Look, now we got email, handphone, messenger, facebook, twitter, etc. So many media for us to communicate. Though letter will never vanish at all. We still need letters in some occasions. Letter is full of memory for me. When I got no phone, I used to send my lover a love letter. There will be no love sms, or love email. Above all, letter is old, but it is very memorable and still useful.
@Ruby722 (798)
• China
15 Nov 10
Luckiy in China,We still have pillarbox,handwriting is much better than text an E-mail and attach some photos,I think some tradition we should keep it always
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
14 Nov 10
Unfortunately yes, I agree with you. Unless it's electronic, I don't think people write to one another much at all anymore. I on the other hand love sending cards to friends in the mail. I know how rarely they receive them so when they get my card it's really special! I also love sending post cards in the mail when I go on vacation. I always send them when we go out of town - it's really fun!
14 Nov 10
very funny. It may be a dying tradition. But not for me. I write and send postcards all the time especially when I am travelling. My family really like it, even though we talk on the phone, skype and email, I think we like the tangible over the virtual. But generally it may be a dying tradition. Sad thought, there's nothing like getting a piece of mail.
@chicko (86)
• India
14 Nov 10
Oh yes I agree...postal mail is dying out... When people have a faster and easier option, they do not prefer using postal mail. Handwritten letters and cards were so special and meaningful. When I was a kid I used to write letters and post a lot. And I used to get so happy to receive letters and cards by post. That had a totally different joy altogether. Now I dont feel so great even if I do receive cards online, coz I know the effort wasnt much!
@del2010 (77)
• Philippines
14 Nov 10
I think so, because now a days most people try to communicate among themselves through computers. This is the fastest way of communicating with friends and relatives or even business partners and customers. Unlike before, there is no computers and the only way of communicate is to send letters and postcards. Now days, because of improving technology in any part of the world those old methods of communications are left behind. Except in a remote area wherein advance technology is not yet introduce.
• China
14 Nov 10
of course , the handwrite is dying now , we use the email to send the information or regards to friends , it is convience and quick. but I think we do forget the tranditional method to send the infromation to friend even if we are very familiar with the advance knowledge, it is intersting to send the postcard in some special day
• China
14 Nov 10
of course , handwrite is dying , we will send the infromation by email , but I think it is very intersting to send the postcard to friend in some important days , we do not forget the trandition method even if we had the advanced knowledage
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
14 Nov 10
Hi, I used to write letters to my friends when I was in my university ,until we have computer at home,then we just email each other and it is faster rather than sent mails through post. But every year, I will still use old tradition to send christmas and chinese new year cards to my friends at another town. I found it is still the best way to wishes them on this special days although there are plenty of electronic cards available in the market.
@buddhis (58)
• China
14 Nov 10
now the internet is so convenient that we all rely on it. without the internet, sometimes we even don't konw what to do. we always browse and write in the computer,one day you will suddenly find that you forget how to write with a pen.it is sad that the handwritten letters will disappear in the near future.