When was the last time you actually took a pen to paper and wrote someone a letter?
For me, I would have to say it was probably as far back as 2001. Yes, FOURTEEN years ago! It was right around the time I got my first computer and began using a keyboard to type everything. And although my typing skill has excelled over the years, my handwriting skill has gone to shit. Ever since I got online, I began sending email letters and e-cards instead of mailing them by post.
Currently, the only person I send an actual birthday or Christmas card to is my brother Tom, and that's about it. In fact, if you all remember last Christmas, I sent many of you e-cards and think that was very lazy of me.
It's sad, because I used to love writing letters and sending cards. However with the Internet being so convenient, I send all my greetings via the Web, and really, it's just not the same as getting a hard copy of a letter or card because they're tangible.
Don't get me wrong, I admire how far technology has come; especially with the Internet because it's allowed people from all over the world to connect who wouldn't otherwise meet any other way. And I've taught myself a great deal through the Internet, things I didn't think I could ever do. Also, we can communicate and send information through the Internet so much faster than doing it by post.
And yes, I know we're saving lots of paper by using the Internet, but still, it's nice getting a real paper card or letter.
When I was a kid, I used to spend part of my allowance on buying stationary because I was an avid letter writer. I took such pride in my penmanship and owning nice paper with matching envelopes.
Kind of like these...
Oh, and I also used sealing wax because I thought it was so classy!
Do any of you remember these sealing wax kits?
I even had my own personal seal with the letter "R" on it
What surprises me though is how card and stationary companies are still in business. Because like with bookstores and music stores, the Internet has caused many companies to closed down with having the online convenience of purchasing books, eBooks, and music.
Oh well, there is definitely pros and cons about technology and the Internet. In many ways it's brought us closer together. But in other ways it's moved us further apart when it comes to having that "personal touch."
This is one of the reasons I'm glad I don't have a cell phone. Because if I did, I may be tempted to start sending birthday cards and gifts via TEXT...
Have a faaaaabulous weekend everyone!