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Why Handwritten Letters are Better Than Emails

Updated on October 10, 2013

Letterwriting is being forsaken by many, replaced by the convenience and ease of email and text messaging. These days, everything is written in short-cuts, codes, and bad grammar. Gone are the days when people would take the time to write and read through lengthy letters written on paper, to discover what people really had to say.

Taking the time to write a letter was considered something personal, special, and most often worth the wait. I can remember excitedly looking forward to receiving holiday or birthday greetings and letters from now-deceased loved ones. It gave me such pleasure to read through their thoughts and well-wishes. Reading their letters was almost like having them here with me. Recently, I went through many of the letters I have saved through the years, and although I contemplated not keeping them in the interest of saving space, I realized that they are a bit of history and genealogy to preserve, with years of sentimental value to me. I just couldn't dispose of them.

Emails and texts, however, are just not the same, and I therefore get rid of them after they have served their use. Usually, they are sent as reminders of events, as notes of thanks, or for asking questions. Once issues are addressed, there is just no need of hanging on to them. Accordingly, these forms of communication lack individual style, imagination, and are not noteworthy. You can even copy your messages to others as chain letters or "forwards" to make them even more impersonal!

Even though this has become an "instant" society of everything happening in "real time", letters should still be written and mailed, and people should still spend quality time together. In the end, that is exactly what it all boils down to - people want to cut corners in order to free up their schedules to fit even more in before they have to call it a day. The less they can do with (and sometimes for) people, the more time they have to pursue something else. Is it any wonder, then, that we are all stressed out, needing therapy and several mini-vacations a month? If we could refrain from becoming completely defined by technology, we could keep our sanity in check and take pride in still doing some things the long way, just for the satisfaction of it! If we can do that, think of the impact that attidue would have on job performance, family relationships, and community involvement!


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      HopelessWanderer 2 years ago

      Amazing article, thanks! I love writing letters and refuse to use my e-mail to write about personal things. There´s really something about letters.. To recieve one makes me the happiest person! However sometimes I find it hard to find inspiration for writing. I found great videos on youtube, which helped me with that:

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      kittu 6 years ago

      woohoooo! a perfect answer to my question

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      sadiqua 6 years ago

      its a nice thought. written letters can convey the feelings of the writer much better than an email. If you are sending a message to a relative or writing to a long-lost friend, opt for paper. The power of written letters arriving on your home cannot be compared to the simple click of an email reaching your mailbox.

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      Tammy L 7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

      I, too, have several handwritten letters from now deceased family members. I keep these letters to maintain a sort of tie to these loved ones until I see them again.

      Beautiful thought. Thank you.