I have a box of letters from the 1990s. That was before I had email, so I—like everyone else— wrote letters. And coinciding with my increasing tiredness of “social media” I thought about writing letters again.
- I know that I put much more time & effort into writing a letter than into writing an email. They are more personal.
- A letter is an actual physical object. I like that. Nobody goes back and re-reads old emails, Tweets, or posts on Facebook.
- Receiving a letter is nice, because somebody else made the effort to sit down and write you one.
- They are actually private. They are not stored on any servers, there is no way to monetize what you say in them, and there are no content-ownership issues.
So, I don’t know, maybe you guys have never stopped writing letters, but I sure know I have not gotten a personal letter in a long time.
(Thanks the The Roc for the image!)