It’s no wonder that the poor old Royal Mail in the UK has reported plunging losses in its letter business last week. Over the past 6 months their profits have slumped by a whopping 72%. From 184m pounds to a staggering 54m pounds. Not a great day at the office I would think.
Now I’m certainly no CEO in the making, or even slightly handy when it comes to figures, but I can figure this one out.
The poor old letter, is getting completely burnt to a cinder by it’s arch enemies, the text, the email, Facebook and Skype. A fight about as fair as Pauline Hanson versus Barack Obama in a debate on, well… anything.
And talk about kicking the poor buggers when they’re down, a week after the Royal Mail announces it’s all time worst figures, the big boys at Face book proudly unveil, that it’s launching it’s new messaging platform.
No guesses for whose Christmas party might be a bit light on this year.
So just in case we weren’t all wasting enough time sitting on Facebook convincing ourselves we’ve got a life, there’s now even more reason to never log off, and proving that Face book is now more powerful than ever.
Now, I’m all for convenience and time management, but it seems like this new move by Face book is adding to an already far too impatient society.
What happened to taking the time to write someone you care about an old fashioned letter? Are we so terrified that by the time our letter arrives our friends and family may have forgotten about us? Is it so rude to leave it 4 days to thank someone for their hospitality?
And yes it’s great to get answers quickly via email or text, but if we’re falling in love via these means, then what memories will we have to hold onto of these special lead ups to love, when they’re all locked away on computer or your phone?
I also wonder, and I can’t help be a little cynical on this front, but when a new romantic interest is testing the waters to see if we’re keen, can we really tell whether they’re intentions are what we hope, or whether they’re firing off a text because they’re just throwing out the bait, and got nothing major to lose?
Are they doing a Rex Hunt, reeling in the fish, only to kiss them and throw them back?
Could the ‘quick turnaround’ in communications these days also be the reason why I find people constantly explaining why they didn’t instantly answer their phone, or respond to my message within a day?
I’m not one of those types that sits around wondering what the problem is if I happen to go to voicemail. I’m presuming they’re living their life, not staring at the phone.
Thanks to the likes of Facebook, Apple and Google we’re being brainwashed to think we need to be communicating at a rate of knots, but what seriously is the flipping rush?
If I’m spending my whole day checking my email, my phone, my Face book, and lord knows what else to see who’s ‘urgently’ requiring a response, then presumably taking time to ‘smell the roses’ is clearly out of fashion.
Maybe that’s why fake flowers are so much in vogue? Because we’re too busy to smell the real one’s in fear of leaving someone waiting for our reply for five minutes or so?
Will the next major unveiling from one of the big social networking guys be the option of clicking a button which will sending a large hand to come thrusting out of the recipients computer, grabbing them by the throat with an automated voice yelling “YOU HAVEN’T RESPONDED TO MY MESSAGE, WHAT THE HELL’S GOING ON?”
Its any wonder my mother recently went on a trip for a month and jokingly seriously said she was worried everyone would forget her. A month in our this kind of world, is the equivalent to falling off the face of the earth.
DOES ANYONE STILL WRITE LOVE LETTERS? ARE TEXTS REALLY THE SAME?