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.



  1. I’m 24 and love writing Love letters and the old romance taking your time about things. When I lived in NZ 3+ year ago before I moved here, we used to write letters to each other every week. We also used Skype etc but we never spoke about the letters online, so not to ruin it. With my current girlfriend, I pick her flowers…from other peoples gardens yes, and usually without permission but taking your time and waiting on responses from letters or how she will respond to the flowers I left on her door with a note is what makes things exciting..Maybe it was the country I was brought up, or most likely my folks but NO, txt messages and Love Letters are not the same. You can’t replace the nervousness, the excitement and sweating over waiting for a letter when you have just spilled your heart all over the page. Then the continuing feelings of more letters after she says she feels the same.

    They will never really be the same Amber. I may be old school, but I know that much, considering I have tried electronic relationship and hated every moment of it until I introduced letters to the relationship. There should be something that should be taught in High School.

    • Oh Mark, you are a man indeed on my wavelength! I just think that love letters, and gestures that aren’t ‘electronic’ are what it’s all about. I don’t know whether it’s just me, but I don’t get the same buzz from a romantic text because it doesn’t feel like they’re putting themselves out there enough, Showing love is about going out on a limb, and embracing the element of surprise. There’s no real surprise in a text and it’s too easy. I think alot of young people just accept that sort of thing because it’s how they’ve grown up, but I wonder if the love they build is as solid? If you haven’t truly earnt something then is it really a huge loss when it fades? I have no problem with supposedly showing my age in this respect. Because I also envy the way my parents and grandparents built their relationships. More effort, and more memories. So good on you Mark!!!!!!!!!! Keep doing what you’re doing. xxx

  2. not really love letters… but I do love my best friend. When she went overseas in 2007 to 2008 i said to her that instead of sending emails or facebooking we would send letters. I had a blast cutting out newspaper articles, buying nice paper and handwriting letters. I would send printed pictures of my son as well to keep her updated. I even sent her chocolates once (costing me $40 but she needed them). We did send emails if it was urgent or if one of us got sick. but most of the time it was letters and we still have them, if we emailed or facebooked that would have been deleted or gone by now!

  3. Hey Amber.
    I sent my friend a two page letter when she was down. It picked her right up. it was a lot of fun writning her a letter. I sometimes write my friends letters.

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