Communication has taken on a new era with computers, smart phones, texting, and email. When was the last time you actually wrote, or received a personal letter? Other than a few thank you notes here and there, I canít remember.
When I was young, I went to sleep-away camp. Shopping for the perfect stationery and pen to tuck into my camp trunk was a treat. We had a designated letter/journal writing time after lunch. When in the bunk lights went out, the flashlights would glow, and the girls would write letters to their family and friends. At the end of the summer, we exchanged addresses and became pen pals.
This New York Times article, The Fading Art of Letter Writing sums it up the feelings:
ďA good handwritten letter is a creative act, and not just because it is a visual and tactile pleasure. It is a deliberate act of exposure, a form of vulnerability, because handwriting opens a window on the soul in a way that cyber communication can never do. You savor their arrival and later take care to place them in a box for safe keeping.Ē
Technology Takes Over
The average teenager sends 3,339 texts per month! Check out the rest of the eye-popping statistics in this CNN article.
I know, I know, blame the latest technology. I am a lover of technology – the amount of time I spend on the computer is massive. But, maybe thatís why Iím longing for a different tactile communicative experience – one that involves puts pen to paper.
3 Ways to Inspire Letter Writing (with the help of technology):
1. Letterheady is an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. The focus of Letterheady is design. They recently reached 10,000 followers and the site is delightful to explore.
2. Letters of Note Letters of Note gathers and sorts fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.
3. Design*Sponge’s DIY Feather Pen Pal Stationery Kit
Do you still write letters? What happened to the finely tuned art of writing a letter? As handwritten notes and stationery take a nose-dive, should personalized letters be ditched in the face of all the new technology? In the digital age, can we rekindle that flame? What will be the legacy of letter writing in a digital age?