The Lost Art of Letter Writing

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Instant communication is a fast, convenient way to get information to one another, whether it’s through text, email, or social media websites. As technology advances our means of communication becomes less of what it used to be: personal. I cannot remember the last time I received a hand written letter out of the blue. Every day I find excitement in going to the mail box and seeing what wonders wait for me there in the form of magazines or packages. Every now and then I get a lovely card, but it is usually a special occasion such as a birthday or holiday. The art of letter writing is something that is slowly becoming unnecessary to the human race and once our generation is gone I fear it will be lost completely.

Time and effort are required in order to sit down and craft a sentimental letter, but the result is well worth it. There’s an ease to simply typing in a short message and clicking send, but there is less feeling behind the gesture than if one were to go through the trouble of writing out a nice letter and carrying it out to the mailbox or post office.

In the past when letters were the main form of communicating, people took the time to write out what they were trying to say. In this day and age we are losing grammar and proper language because it provides more convenience to simply use one letter. For example, “ily” as opposed to “I love you”. Which one do you think holds more meaning? They are the same thing and yet they are completely different. Even something as epic and important as love is taking a backseat to the fast-paced lives we currently lead.

There are times when it is understandable to simply shoot someone a text or to communicate via email when it is completely necessary. In relation to business, education, and even home life there are several advantages to the speed and efficiency of instant communication.  Technology is not an evil thing, it certainly makes life easier to juggle, but we should not allow it to completely push traditional methods to the side. A text or an email is not a tangible item that can be held and cherished.

Inboxes get full and must be cleared out from time to time and saved documents on computers run the risk of getting accidentally deleted, but a letter is forever. Without the letters of our ancestors there would be so much lost information. Letter writing is a way to show someone you care enough to slow down and sit and just write. It’s letting them know how much they mean to you by giving them a piece of yourself and a piece of your time that they can hold in their hands.

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