Do you think that the art of letter writing has vanished

India
July 29, 2009 11:48pm CST
Now a days who wants to write a long letter to someone and post it in the post box when you can easily do so by an email. This helps people to post and receive messages within seconds. But I feel everything has become so mechanical. The languages used are in short cut. People do not have the time to write with pen and paper. Though I am also totally dependent on computers but I really miss those times when I use to write long letters sitting at some quiet place and pouring my heart out, be it to my friends or family. Now a days life has become faster and to adjust to the fast changing life people have to change also. Now we have telephones, mobiles, emails etc. So I feel writing a letter has really taken a backseat. What do you say?
3 responses
@maximax8 (29129)
• United Kingdom
31 Jul 09
People still send birthday cards and might include a letter in a Christmas card. However most don't send letters as much as they did in the past. I tend to send emails and my mum tends to phone people. Before I used computers I wrote letters to family and friends. When I did my trip around the world it was wonderful to pick up a pile of letters that had been waiting for me. It took about 5 to 7 days for a letter to go from Australia to Britain in those days. An email can go in a few seconds to anywhere that has a computer with an Internet connection that works.
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I haven't gotten a christmas card or birthday card in years! I will get a few cards, but they are just not the same. Can't post them on the wall for deocration at Christmas and just doesn't mean the same thing as a snail mail card fo rmy birthday.. kind of like...couldn't they have given me a littel more thought? But I guess that is the price of progress!!!Sad but true
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I love to write letters and snail mail them!! I love to receive letters by snail mail and read them!!!! Sad thing.. no one writes to me anymore! I have been writing every other week to my grand daughters.. I see them every week and they live about 15 miutes away, but I write to them on the weeks I don't see them and include a letter, some "work" pages of games and things.. just things i know they will enjoy doing... I have included a SASE envelope for them to write me back, but they dont! Parents don't see the point! But yes, snail mail commnuication is the best ever! As a teeen - I used to write worlds longest letters to relatives and later to friends when I move to the opposite coast.. but seldom did I ever receive anything, and when I did it was nothing like what I wrote... but still.. I was glad to get the letters. A very wonderful tradition sadly thrown to the wayside for email and phone calls, now that there is no long long distance phone charges!
• United States
30 Jul 09
I don't think it has vanished as much as it has evolved. E-mail does the same thing as letter writing. It doesn't have the same feel, but the idea is the same. I think the short hand of E-mail comes from the volume of E-mail that is sent. You might have sent a letter every other week through the mail to someone. Since you might send an E-mail (after receiving a response) a few times a week or even a few times in a day, it seems more appropriate to short hand to save time. There is no denying that receiving a letter still is more enjoyable than an E-mail. Hopefully, the art will stay around for a long time, even if it isn't as often as it used to be.