Would you write a message in a bottle?
November 19, 2017 12:38am CST
Because people tend to gravitate towards all sorts of intriguing stuff in the world, right? You've probably heard real-life stories involving bottled messages. Pretty amazing stories too, although I think the whole thing has been romanticized a lot in movies and literature that most of us think it's all about love messages. I don't think most people know that bottled messages were initially used to study ocean currents. In fact, I was surprised to know the different stories and themes behind those messages. Stories of survival, for instance. Confession. Propaganda. Would you write a message in a bottle for any reason? What kind of message (or things!) would you put inside the bottle?
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I don't think that I would. The idea that I don't know where it would land or who would see it makes it hard to choose what I would write if I did. There is also the fact that throwing a bottle into the ocean with a message is probably not very good for the environment.
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I think the whole idea is silly, unless I was stranded on an unknown island with no way to get out (and there were pen, paper, bottle etc ready for me to use ). If just for fun, I would write, 'Do ignore this message, my life has enough trouble as it is, don't add more to it please!'
@cahaya1983 Just to show you, I don't see any advantage normally with putting a message in any bottle. With cyber and social media, I heard quite a few have faced unpleasant surprises. I heard of women flirting on the net, pretended to be single, only to have their admirers travelling thousands of miles - knocking on their front doors, wanting to marry them. (One guy sold his house and wrecked his own marriage to travel from one continent to another, doing that. All three cyber girlfriends from France turned out to be happily married each with a bunch of kids!) He deserved that, right? (Those women got a fright, perhaps that would fix them too!)
Hahaha. Romanticized. Yes, I agree. Would I write a message in a bottle? Why would I do that? If it's a love message... why? Hmm... I wouldn't expect my love message to reach the person I intend it for, so...no. Not for that reason. I'm feeling practical right now. If it's a message without a specific target... why? I would probably just shout the message into the air. Besides, caring for the environment is the in thing nowadays. Message or not, throwing a bottle into the ocean is probably not a good idea. So basically, no.
I'm actually glad that there are many people who realize how it would affect the environment. I read that one guy actually went on a "mission" to search for bottled messages and was surprised at the amount of bottles that polluted the beach. Empty ones, of course. So he kind of made it into a 2-in-1 mission now. Finding the bottled mesages and picking up trash that he finds on the beach, too.
@cahaya1983 Interesting. I wonder what beach he searched. I suppose the beaches where people go to swim are relatively clean. (I don't really know.) I mean, I expect there are people who clean those places somewhat. But I have seen beaches (that no one would swim at) that are just full of trash. :( (I just saw it from afar, don't know if there were any bottled messages there. ) Anyway, I wonder too if the bottle being glass vs. plastic makes a difference at all...
@moirai I'm not sure but I think he visits different beaches, can't remember where he lives exactly. Well in terms of usage of course glass bottles are more eco-friendly because plastic might contain BPA and polycarbonate and that kind of stuff. But if we're talking about the trash that would pile up on the beach then I suppose it doesn't really make a difference.
Yeah probably just for fun. I ain't gonna write anything serious on it. I remember this mobile app I once had that allows you to write a message in a bottle and throw it in a virtual sea. Your message may be fished out by somebody and if that somebody likes to respond then he/she can and vice versa. I forgot the name of the app though as that was a long time ago.
@cahaya1983 Yes just a few times, just for the heck of trying. I have this habit of trying apps I found interesting. I think its a messenger app or something. I've fished some bottles responded to some, threw others back to the sea. Tried throwing my own too. I got bored after awhile - uninstalled the app eventually hehe
Thank you for sharing this. I always thought the bottled message was initially used to get help when someone was striving in the ocean. I don't think I would do that. I can't think of any reasons to do so, and I think it also isn't good to throw a bottle into the ocean. If I really want to leave a message, I would prefer to put a message in a wooden box and bury under the ground. Perhaps a message to my future self or my children to find out in future.
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I wouldn't do it personally as I don't want to litter. There is a teacher I saw in an online article who every year has all her students make one and she drops them off. A few have been found and its educational for the students but that is also a lot of bottles being dumped in the ocean. If we figure 100 students in 10 years thats 1000 bottles.