charm of writing long letters on paper........is it a history now??????????

@ammie07 (322)
India
January 7, 2009 2:38am CST
a time was there when letter writing was in demand.lovers use to write long letter filled with beautiful words to there loved ones......not only poets and authors but common people were also interested in letter writing on paper.has that art being gone with the advent of net and mobile?? or does it still has its charm???????what are your views regarding this????
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@aringwi (136)
• China
8 Jan 09
writing letters has been the history of the past.the comuicating is so developed that we can call anyone at home with the telephone or with the mobile phone.it is fast and convenient and cheap.but writing letters is troublesome and if it is a long distance the letter will be got in a few weeks.the important matters will be delayed and can not be solved immediately.
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
9 Jan 09
yeah i completely agree but a phone call or an email can have the impact that a letter has.......have a good day
@ammie07 (322)
• India
9 Jan 09
oops that was cant ........i wrote can.......spelling mistake
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
7 Jan 09
You have touched a very 'sensitive' topic. You are right that the art of writing hand written letters is slowly dying down. Now it has been replaced by e-mails and text messaging. People have forgotten to write letters. It is always a great fun writing a letter in one's own handwriting, because the writer's handwriting tells a lot about the state of his/her mind and about the writer itself. A hand written letter could be analysed to see whether the writer was genuine in narrating his/her feelings, when he/she wrote the letter. E-Mails are no doubt faster, but emails do not have the charm of a 'hand-written' letter, written on a beautiful letter head. Full marks to you for wonderful post. dpk P.S. - I have added you in my list.
@ammie07 (322)
• India
7 Jan 09
thanks for the add and comments dpk ..........have a good day[",]
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
8 Jan 09
You are most welcome!
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@zhuhuifen46 (3485)
• China
8 Jan 09
I like reading long letters, especially those with beautiful handwritings. That is one of the musts for boys pursuing. I myself wrote a lot of long letters when I lived away from my parents, when I was travelling, etc. But with such convenient means as computers and internet, I doubt if anybody can remain patient awaiting the journey of long letters, however beautiful the handwriting is. But writing on keyboard also needs creative thinking, rational outlining, charming wording and correct spelling. Quitting the handwritten letters is by no means an excuse to ignor the importance of mastering a language. It stays and will always stay to be a symbol of one's quality, morale and competence.
@ammie07 (322)
• India
9 Jan 09
zhuhuifen you are absolutely correct ........have a good day
@bamrahkirti (1818)
• India
8 Jan 09
Yes letter writing is dying down and its place has been taken by telephones,cell phones and e-mails.I do not remember the last time i got letter from my nears and dears.I still cherish the wonderful memories of writing letters to my parents from the hostel and telling them abount my well being and about the activities which i was participating in.Writing letters were like a favourite activity and i used to write them with full emotions and warmth.My mother has still kept those letters and she showed them to my husband and he had a hearty laugh while reading the content of the letters. Emails and text messaging have taken the place of letter writing and it has also affected our grammar because we use slangs and abbreviations in elctronic writing and it is also acting as a major cause for poor handwriting.
@ammie07 (322)
• India
9 Jan 09
that correct it affects our handwriting and grammar a lot .......have a good day
• India
8 Jan 09
yes, I definitely think so though I am equally guilty of actually liking the net more. You see, its not the elaborate letters that I dislike writing but the entire process of posting and received it. In fact I love writing and if in a proper mood, I can continue for pages. I also enjoy received letters but on the net, its just so fast and there’s no way the letter can be lost in transit. The entire process of actually putting it in an envelope and with stamps and then going to the post-office to post it and then waiting for the reply (with the thought that it may not have reached its destination at all)…its too much of a hassle for me. I love the quick internet way…its faster and free too!
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
9 Jan 09
i do agree that internet is faster and free but it doesn't have the charm of letter writing.....the amount of time spend by one shows the love and of that person for us....doesn't it?
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
8 Jan 09
I think we should now see letters in museums. We hardly see people writing letters these days. THese days the maximum you can see is either the messages on cellphones or the e-mails to your loved ones. So dont get disheartened and see the letters in museums soon!!
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
8 Jan 09
i just hope that day wont ever come up.......have a good day dropofrain
@kykidd (6818)
• United States
8 Jan 09
I will still sit down and write a letter from time to time. When my nephew and niece were in basic training for the military, I would sit down and write them a letter because I knew that they would be homesick and needed all of the support they could get. I really enjoy receiving a letter or a card here and there from a friend or loved one. So I will also send them something now and again. Even if it is just a post card, I think people still enjoy receiving snail mail. LOL Thanks for starting this discussion, and have a great day!
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
9 Jan 09
good to know people are still keeping the charm of letter writing in existence ............happy mylotting.....and have a good day kykidd
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
8 Jan 09
YOu are so right... it has definately become a thing of the past. But what a thing to have gone into the past. I love writting letters! Years ago in high shool and even before, I'd write to relatives...seldom got an answer but I still loved to do the writing. I'd write to friends after school, and they were always long letters, but again, seldom a response. Why I kept it up is beyond me, but I did. Now I write to my 8 yo grand daughter. We are in the same town but seldom get to see her, so I write. She never writes back but I think that is StepMom's hand in that, but she tells me she loves my letters and I always put in a little something extra for her to do.. word puzzle, writting thing to do or something. She says she keeps them all in a box in her dresser drawer and when she gets lonely she takes them out and reads them again! She says it makes her feel better and not lonely anymore. Can't do that with a stupid email or text message I'll write letters till I die...probably still won't get a response, but I will still write!
@ammie07 (322)
• India
8 Jan 09
i must say its quiet touching......have a good day,and thanks for keeping the charm of letters alive
• India
7 Jan 09
i do agree with u ,writting a letter to lover perfectly went out of source now mobile and net took its place ,writting a letter ios one of boring work and it takes alot of time ,and source of sending,if u can not send ur letter by anyone so u will not be having source to send it out
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
8 Jan 09
quiet right but it has its own charm......[",]
@derry123 (611)
7 Jan 09
hello ammie ... yes its still really good to get a letter .. i have a very dear friend who lives in the Channel Islands and a couple of times each year we write our news to each other .. i enjoy writting to her and I often take a couple of days to complete her letter .. The real treat is when hers arrives and I can sit down and catch up with her life ... All other friends and family communicate through T.X. OR EMAIL its QUICK , EASY and EFFICIENT but not quite the same *
@ammie07 (322)
• India
8 Jan 09
agreed derry with your point.......have a good day dear friend
@raxxie (128)
• Mexico
7 Jan 09
Hiya! Hey, ammie, I think you're absolutely right. For most people, letter writting has lost its charm -it's easier and faster to get an email or a sms. But some romantics still practice it. For instance, I have an aunt who loves letters. She lives in the same city as I do, but we write to each other in a regular basis. When we met, we don't talk about the topics of the letters, so we don't spoil the surprises. Sometimes I write letters to my friends. Most of them call by phone to tell me what a nice surprise was it :S But some of them write back and that's great :)
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
8 Jan 09
hi raxxie......happy new year......and have a good day
• Ireland
7 Jan 09
I admit I haven't done this for a long time. I do love to write letters to my friends and family back home. I also love to receive long letters and would treasure those that I receive. I love to read and re-read them again and again and feels wonderful and happy that somebody remembered to write me a letter. I do treasure those who wrote me emails but the charm of writing through post still has a different magic to it. Hope this thing won't fade away.
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
8 Jan 09
yeah i too hope and believe it wont ever fade.......have a good day[",]
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
7 Jan 09
This is definitely a rapidly declining artform (If we are to call it that!) and thanks to electronic mediums, people are far more inclined to type and send rather than make the effort to handwrite these days. Cards, letters..... It is all about convenience now. It is a shame really as the electronic methods are all so impersonal when you think about it. I have even noticed with myself that my handwriting neatness has declined a lot over the last few years because I just don't write anymore! Even signing a credit card slip can be a challenge these days!
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@ammie07 (322)
• India
7 Jan 09
yeah i agree with you......take care
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• United States
8 Jan 09
I think it still has a lot of charm, though it does not happen much. I do know a few people who actually still write long letters, mainly though seems to be due to not having any other way to contact.
@mykmari_08 (2465)
• Philippines
26 Jan 09
I guess whether we like it or not, it's already been replaced by electronic mails and text messages and has made writing letters a thing of the past. Personally, I do miss writing to relatives and friends as much as receiving letters from them. Honestly, I don't get to do these things anymore because I'm too preoccupied with a lot of matters; particularly doing my job here in the office and being a wife and mom to our only child and daughter. But more than a decade ago, I used to write letters to 2 of my younger siblings. I was a college student here in the city then living with my mom's younger sister and her family, while my parents and siblings used to live in the province. I often get lonely and when I do, I resolve to writing letters to my siblings; as my way of still being there with them in 'thoughts'. I must admit that I often do miss them. If I'm not mistaken, I also have some letters and card souvenirs from my college friends whom I haven't seen for quite a long time now. I do miss them, too, but I guess people change priorities from time to time. Admittedly, I'm one of them because I have my own family now to attend to.