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When more is less.

Minivanman
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When more is less.

Remember when letters were sent at a cost we could easily afford, and we'd be more than happy if we had a reply within a couple of weeks? Now we send emails instantly only for them to be instantly ignored - and now less than happy because of it.

I can appreciate that the ease in which we can send them results in an almost overwhelming amount some people and organisations must get as well as the pro and cons of both methods but how on earth did we find ourselves in a situation where more really is less.

Are we being increasingly ignored with ease? - it certainly seems that way to me, it really does and what a pity that when and email is sent we cannot get an instant receipt or an instant notification if the recipient reads, deletes, or dumps it.... or can we.

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Re: When more is less.

Did somebody post something in here?

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Re: When more is less.

Something about daily mail I think?

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Re: When more is less.

Go back a decade and a half I used to make a few bob every week writing to the letter page of a couple of newspapers.

A few years later email had virtually killed that. I guess papers became so inundated with emails that "prizes" were reduced or dropped entirely. With no more effort than the press of a button on their PC every man and their dog could get their name in print.

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@billnotben

Sounds about right, letters were more considered and replies were less flippant.

Give then trouble we had to go to (although it may not have seemed like it at the time) more thought was given what was written and more respect was extend to those who had taken the time to write and to those who had replied.

How the world has changed for the worse eh, and we don't have to look far to see it either.

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Re: When more is less.

Imagine a Forum like this one, if it relied on hand written postal letters for input.

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Re: When more is less.

Now that puts a whole new meaning to the term 'Junk Mail'. Grin

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@AlaricAdair

Well forums like this would not exist, but for those that do it's a pity when mickey take often replaces that courtesy.

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Re: When more is less.

Chasing after the postman down the road so that one could retrieve the letter in order to 'edit' it, was always a bit of a bore. Smiley

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Re: When more is less.

Just think of all those love letters you wrote to swmbo ( and perhaps a few other people before you met her).

What do people do these days ?

Is it just a few x's in a email or Smitten

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Re: When more is less.

I was thinking along similar lines just a couple of days ago. 2 young teenagers on the same bus as me, they were sat next to each other yet sending text messages to each other. The mind boggles.

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Re: When more is less.


gleneagles wrote:

... love letters you wrote to swmbo ( and perhaps a few other people before you met her).

What do people do these days ?


It's called Sexting nowadays Smiley

 

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Blimey, what sort of love letters did you used to write! Wink

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Re: When more is less.

Slightly OT but the universal "penny" post http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/penny-post-delivered was a great British invention and I'm sorry to see it's demise. The idea that a crofter in the Highlands of Scotland could have his mail delivered for the same cost as a city dweller did so much for social cohesion and enhanced so many lives. As @Minivanman recalls recieving and sending letters was a great part of our lives and a necessary social skill.

 

I also remember various postbus services https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postbus when visiting Switzerland the Postbus delivered mail and​ passengers along with anything else needed!  The same was true of isolated areas in Scotland. All gone now I believe. Cry

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Re: When more is less.

And there is still no standing charge for the Post Office despite it being more labour-intensive.