Once upon a time, snail mail was one of the most common forms of communication. That anticipation of waiting for the postman to deliver a special letter or card was all part of the appeal. But now, texting and emailing has taken precedent and the handwritten message has been pushed to the backburner.
It’s a sad fact of life that people just don’t seem to have the time or the inclination to send a letter when they can communicate instantly using the internet or their mobile phones. We have such hectic lives that taking the time to send a letter is no longer a priority. Even as we approach Christmas, many people are doing away with the traditional Christmas card and are instead opting to send an E-card to spread the festive cheer. While these methods may be much more convenient, are they also more impersonal? Is it more satisfying and meaningful to receive a handwritten message than a quick text message?
Perhaps the excitement of letters and cards just needs to be revived a little. The advent of personalised cards has brought many people back round to the idea of sending birthday and Christmas cards. People can now customise their cards with text, images and even voice recordings allowing them to tailor their cards for special people or occasions.
This little bit of novelty brings an element of fun back into the process of choosing, writing and sending a card. However, it’s a shame that letters and cards are only reserved for special occasions; it would be disappointing if we were to lose such a long-standing and personal mode of communication.