Best regards, Snail Mail

11 Oct

When is the last time you received a handwritten letter — your birthday, the holidays, or maybe even spring of senior year when admissions offices from colleges were attempting to persuade you to make a decision?

In Stacy Anderson’s article in the WSJ entitled, “You Never Write Anymore; Well, Hardly Anyone Does,” the average household receives a handwritten letter every seven weeks.  (http://online.wsj.com/article/APa983b0c77e824620a3bd72e24a63f173.html) So how is the modern world communicating now?  Phone calls, text messages, email, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and many more forms of communication fill our daily lives. What happened to the good old face-to-face conversation or the handwritten note?

In college, our lives are constantly busy and people are moving in different directions at seemly impossible speeds.  We live in a bubble to which nothing in our future will ever compare.  Constantly surrounded by our friends, and everyone within a four-year age range – and in a world where adults and adult interactions only occur in the classroom.  Our community and life perspective is presently skewed.  So how do you communicate with the outside world and stay in touch with your friends and family?

Text messages and emails are the quick go-to for immediate communication.  Texts from my mom convey quick updates on family members.  Emails to my grandparents allow me to share photos of my friends and events I attend.  These immediate messages make them feel more included in my everyday life.  The ability to send an email or text from anywhere because of the technology of smartphones and laptops makes instant communication more popular and widely used.

Its hard to imagine college life without Facebook – and even stranger to think that about eight years ago the website domain of Facebook.com did not even exist.  Facebook chat, wallposts, and pictures are a simple and effective way to keep up with events of your university, but also a way to keep in touch with high school friends and others that live across the country.

Despite the argument that the new wave of technological communication takes away from the beauty of a handwritten letter, you have to admit that the new age certainly has its advantages!

by Kristen Peters

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One Response to “Best regards, Snail Mail”

  1. Adam Solomon October 19, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    No one sends me written mail anymore 😦

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