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    I prefer... um... welll I don't prefer email but I like it better than regular mail. XD

    It's just me, I'm not saying people are wrong, but I see nothing personal about a letter. It's paper somebody wrote on... so unless I particularly like the way their handwriting looks, I don't see it as any more personal than typing.

    Plus there's just more you can do with electronic communications... not to mention they don't take up physical space or paper or require a truck (and possibly an airplane) to deliver.
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  2. #22

    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    I prefer... um... welll I don't prefer email but I like it better than regular mail. XD

    It's just me, I'm not saying people are wrong, but I see nothing personal about a letter. It's paper somebody wrote on... so unless I particularly like the way their handwriting looks, I don't see it as any more personal than typing.

    Plus there's just more you can do with electronic communications... not to mention they don't take up physical space or paper or require a truck (and possibly an airplane) to deliver.

    Well, I dunno about other people... but I include naked photos and fingernail clippings in my letters. Not to mention I put lipstick on and seal my letters with a kiss. I mean, that adds a personal element to the letter..

    But seriously, I can understand where you are coming from. I like the fact that you brought up space and distance (I agree with this for environmental reasons). To me though, a letter is more a 'gift' than it is a form of communication. The effort required, things you can include and personal nuances you may be able to infer from the writing, as you mentioned, give it sentimental value to me. I've never thrown out a letter I've recieved for instance. By comparison, I read an email from a friend... and I don't think about it again, nor do I put much thought into a reply (unless it is someone I really like). That said, it is more the content of the text, rather than the medium itself, that has more value to me. I just think you can get more creative with a letter. And you approach them both differently. There is something about physically writing which lends a certain thinking and approach.

    Maybe this is a little creepy.. but I love thinking about the fact that the composer of the letter held it in their hands at one point. It makes me feel a little 'closer' to the person, as much as a delusion that may be.

  3. #23

    Quote Originally Posted by NatalieAnne View Post
    Well, I dunno about other people... but I include naked photos and fingernail clippings in my letters. Not to mention I put lipstick on and seal my letters with a kiss. I mean, that adds a personal element to the letter..

    But seriously, I can understand where you are coming from. I like the fact that you brought up space and distance (I agree with this for environmental reasons). To me though, a letter is more a 'gift' than it is a form of communication. The effort required, things you can include and personal nuances you may be able to infer from the writing, as you mentioned, give it sentimental value to me. I've never thrown out a letter I've recieved for instance. By comparison, I read an email from a friend... and I don't think about it again, nor do I put much thought into a reply (unless it is someone I really like). That said, it is more the content of the text, rather than the medium itself, that has more value to me. I just think you can get more creative with a letter. And you approach them both differently. There is something about physically writing something lends a certain thinking and approach.

    Maybe this is a little creepy.. but I love thinking about the fact that the composer of the letter held it in their hands at one point. It makes me feel a little 'closer' to the person, as much as a delusion that may be.
    Ahh yeah... I can understand. I'm like that with some people too.
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  5. #24

    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    Ahh yeah... I can understand. I'm like that with some people too.
    Yeah and then there are some people... that I'm glad I have email to use for communication. Because I sure as hell would not want to waste my time sending them letters (I also ignore their calls, you see) ;D

    *hopes extended family don't see this*

  6. #25

    Hand-written letters are better than email letters in the same way that a hand-written greeting card is better than an e-card... they're tangible and physical evidence that someone cares enough to put their thoughts into handwriting. It takes considerably more effort to hand write something than it is to type something, and I think it is that sentimentality to which people are drawn.
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  7. #26

    Here here!
    Doubtful that many people these days still know how to write letters.
    H.P. Lovecraft is said to have written over 100,000 letters in his exceptionally short lifetime.
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  8. #27

    Quote Originally Posted by Elan View Post
    Hand-written letters are better than email letters in the same way that a hand-written greeting card is better than an e-card... they're tangible and physical evidence that someone cares enough to put their thoughts into handwriting. It takes considerably more effort to hand write something than it is to type something, and I think it is that sentimentality to which people are drawn.
    It takes even more effort to chisel a message into marble but I don't see anyone doing that lately...
    Though skywriting and messages on blimps seem to be the less ludicrous yet still not often used option.

    I'm being facetious again.
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  9. #28

    I love sending and receiving mail. I have tons and tons of cards and stationery, and stickers... Usually I end up being the person who sends and sends tons of letters and gifts and doesn't receive anything back. It's kind of a let down really, but I don't let it change the way I do things. I agree that it is more personal in my mind because it's creating something tangible, and you can personalize it quite a bit more. I'd love an active pen pal. :)
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  10. #29

    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    It takes even more effort to chisel a message into marble but I don't see anyone doing that lately...
    Though skywriting and messages on blimps seem to be the less ludicrous yet still not often used option.

    I'm being facetious again.
    Well, we could also use dodo blood instead of ink when using a quill... but dodo's are extinct, so...
    I don't discount skywriting and blimps (hell, I'd love to send a midget carrying a trumpet on a mule to deliver my hand crafted letters to my love... that is, if our short statured friends didn't have the industrial relations guys on their sides >:|) but those options you mentioned, are rather expensive and limiting.

    Further, I suspect that few modern day people have skill in the art of chiseling marble (although that is a practice we should all be familiar in, in my humble opinion).

    I also think men should still wear dresses and 'tights', but that is for another time and place.

    Oh, and I like you when you're being facetious, sprinkles
    Last edited by susurration; 05-08-2010 at 05:15 AM.
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  11. #30

    Someone be penpals with me?

    : )
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