As technology progresses, it influences how we interact with the world. Communication technology is one area that has seen the biggest improvement. The invention of the computer along with the internet has changed how the world interacts with each other. And, more recently, the development of the smartphone has made this technology more accessible and portable. You can now send an important email while standing in line at the supermarket! Messaging apps such as WhatsApp ensure you stay connected no matter where you are and at no additional cost. They also allow the exchange of videos, pictures, sounds and much more, making it a great way to talk and interact.
Apps such as Snapchat and Instagram have moved the game even further. Now images and videos are the preferred methods of communication. This has left language-based communication at crossroads. It has also effectively killed the notion of handwritten communication. Even in schools now, young children are more comfortable holding and operating a smartphone than a pen. While the advantages of digital communication are obvious to the point that they don’t need to be listed, there are a few people who prefer written communication for special occasions.
There’s a reason that you write out wishes on a greeting card and not print them out. This old-fashioned way of communication is seen as personal and unique. Letters were seen as the ultimate expression of love at one point. A man would attempt to woo a woman by displaying his language skills. Poems were another avenue for a man to display his love and affection for his lady love.
Perhaps the biggest problem with love letters in the modern age is the constant communication between partners. As you can talk endlessly to your partner at any point during the day, there is no longer a need to make dramatic gestures of love. Those who are not so romantically inclined may use this as an excuse not to make an effort.
However, even in this day and age, there is still space for a hand-written note. It conveys a personal touch and a sense of caring that little else can provide. Writing a letter is one of the easiest ways to shower someone with affection and love. Even if someone doesn’t possess much language skills, he or she can write a sincere letter that could impress a partner.
In a world that is always chasing trends and has a new fixation every few weeks, there is still place for good old-fashioned love. Whether you buy the concept of big gestures for love or not, you can’t argue with this evergreen concept. Whether it’s to wish your partner a great birthday, send a special anniversary greeting, or simply to let him or her know how much he or she means to you, a handwritten note is exactly what you need. And reading them again, after days or months or even years, preserved somewhere, always brings back a sweet smile! What are you waiting for? Get a piece of paper and get started.
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