If Kyle Pantermoller (letter, “Generations have different ways of communicating,” Sept. 26) was attempting to address generational attitudes toward communication preferences, his intentions may be understandable but his reasoning is a bit off.

He writes that people who still hand write don’t trust technology, don’t understand it or have given up trying to stay current with it. That may be true in some instances, but like most generalizations it does not hold up very well.

There are many people younger than 35 who, in fact, do email, text and post on Facebook but also hand write a thank-you note or pick out a greeting card (not the electronic type) when the occasion calls for a more personal touch.

Sure, electronic sentiments are quick, but what’s the big rush when you are telling someone you care? Posting “the celebratory messages on each person’s wall … within 30 seconds,” as Pantermoller boasts, leaves him free to rush off to what?

Much is written these days about how people are busier than ever, and more stressed, but also how today’s technology is having a depersonalizing effect. One only has to observe how so many people relate to their cellphones and smart phones instead of to the person they’re with.

Ultimately, we give time to that which is important to us and to those we love. Thirty seconds is cutting it short.

George Hite


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