Is technology making communication a lost art?

For many, getting in touch these days has lost its personal touch.

How long has it been since you used an actual typewriter? When was the last time you sat down to write a letter, then put a stamp on it and mailed it?  For many of us, like Derek, it's a lost art.
 
"The last time I handwrote anything was probably in high school," he says.
 
But put that pen to paper and something beautiful is about to happen. Tona Bell is the proprietor of The Paper Seahorse in South Tampa.
 
"Because you have a little piece of someone," she says. "You have their stationary, you have their handwriting. It's representative of them and their personality."
 
These days, communication is instant. Pick up the phone, send a text, write an email or even FaceTime.
 
"Everybody has their preferred way of communication," Bell says. "And sometimes I think if you have too many choices it makes you unhappy because you have too many choices. It's decision fatigue."
 
And while technology certainly has its place, Bell says, it often lacks personality and even anticipation.
 
"There's a lot of people who would love to receive a letter from somebody and need words of encouragement."
 
So next time you want to say, 'Hey, I was thinking about you' or even 'Thank you,' take the time to sit and write and letter because it might just make someone's day.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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