Letter Writing In The Age Of Technology

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?

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Lynn D.
Lynn D.2 years ago

I still write but very few members of my family and/or friends still do it at all! For kids, send them off with pre-addressed, prestamped postcards and maybe they'll send them! Thanks for article!

Winona B.
Winona B.2 years ago

I wanted to send actual letters to my online pen pal but I was scared that they might be 'fake' or something.

Sheri J.
Sheri J.3 years ago

When we mailed my parents in law a handwritten letter, they complimented us on how it is rare to receive one due to the technological age.

Do what is "rare" and you'll stand out.

Lynn H.
Lynn H.3 years ago

I write letters because I adore stationary and need excuses to use it, but every time I send off a note I feel a little silly because I know I could have gotten them the message much quicker through an email, and it might even be out of date by the time it's received... Right now I have 3 post cards waiting to be sent and I can't find my stamps!

Rosemary Collins
Rosie Collins3 years ago

I still write letters and send post cards and love to receive letters in return,I write more than I receive these days as I often get e-mail replies to them.Hand written letters are much more intimate and you do feel some one has set aside time just for you. You can also carry letters around with you and reread them as often as you like easily Thanks for the article

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g d c.3 years ago

even emailing is becoming obsolete already!

Fred Krohn
Fred Krohn3 years ago

This system in itself demonstrates the space limitation a little; wish they would add a character count script to this message system.
I'm far more comfortable choosing a font for a digitally editted letter, printing it and signing, then mailing that off (in a hand lettered envelope, because feeding envelopes through a printer is a chore unless you send a lot of them) vice taking too much time trying to make a letter make sense by hand. I guess it's the spirit of the age... and using spellcheck is fine but can we please also learn a little basic grammar if we're making more than colloquial messages?!?!