Each morning before I wake up, Facebook sends a notification letting me know which of my friends have birthdays, recently got engaged, are getting married, have anniversaries, etc.

Within 30 seconds, I can post the appropriate celebratory messages on each person’s wall. After this is done, I simply start my day and no further action is required on my part.

People who still hand write the majority of their communications are people who don’t trust technology, don’t know how to use social media, or have given up trying to stay current with it. Furthermore, the people they correspond with via handwritten letters tend to be of a similar demographic.

Basically, most of the older generation write their communications to each other by hand, while most of the younger generation correspond online instead. It’s simply an age gap phenomenon and nothing more.

When one generation believes that everything should be done the old-school way and one generation that believes the opposite, neither one may be “right way” of doing things. It most certainly is unfair, however, when one person believes the opposing generation must change its ways of doing things.

Internet communication is neither right nor wrong. Handwriting is neither right nor wrong. These things are only methods of how we communicate. The physical act of putting pen to paper does not make it any more heartfelt or personal than typing that same message. The words are the same. The message is the same. The person forming those words is the same.

Thirty seconds online or a week by mail? I know what my preference is.

Kyle Pantermoller, Fairfield


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