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Happy Canada Day!!! :)

Happy Canada Day to all of our friends to the North! :)

Yes, I know, I'm early, but I've got a bizzy day tomorrow so wanted to make sure to get my greetings in. :)

I've been thinking about communications. Yes, Uhura. :) The poll below reflects that and I find that each form has its advantages. Out of the tree, e-mail is my favorite as it gives me time to reflect and compose a message I feel comfortable with, while sometimes I can trip over my tongue on the phone, LOL!

As for texting, while I lament the truncation of the beautiful English language out of technical necessity, I find it handy in certain situations. For instance, my sister went to New York last Friday on the train and instead of eating up the minutes on our cell phones, we texted and had a lot of fun. I don't know how people can text and drive because texting demands total concentration! *shakes head*

I do miss writing letters. If you were around before the Internet, did you write letters or prefer telephoning? I liked letters for the same reasons I like e-mail and it was cheaper to buy a stamp than pay long-distance. :) I don't know how historians will function in the future because our communications are all electronic now and programs change and disappear, along with old e-mails. There's something lovely about a handwritten letter carefully crafted. Guess I'm just old-fashioned! :)

I put 'letter' as one of the choices for sentiment's sake, ha! I know that no one writes real letters anymore. :)

Poll #1973757 Communication Preferred

Which form of communication is your favorite?



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Jun. 30th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
Well, all ways of communication serve their purpose in certain situations. E-mail is my preferred way of non-face-to-face communication when I have the choice (which is my overall preferred way when possible). It gives me time to think about things and be as detailed or short and precise as needed and it also doesn't come with the pressure of having to reply instantly. (I'm notoriously bad at answering texts in a timely fashion...)

I do still write letters. I come from a family of letter writers (at least on the female side of the family) and we still write letters to each other for different reasons (special occasions, conflict resolution, keeping up long term friendships over distances, expressing you thoughts and just telling each other happy vacations stories with pictures and writing and sand in the envelope...)

I don't write letters as often as I used to, I think. But it's something I like to do very much.
Jun. 30th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)

Each method has its shiny positives. :) I feel the same way about e-mail. I prefer time to think what I'm going to say, which is hopelessly old-fashioned in our instant culture.

That's wonderful about your family! I wish I still had people who write letters. There's something satisfying about writing a nice, long, juicy letter, putting it an envelope, affixing a stamp, and then waiting for the reply to come. All I get now in the mail are junk mail and bills! :)
Jun. 30th, 2014 11:20 pm (UTC)
The instant culture also has positive sides, but what I actually see is a lot of people who think they have ti answer every text this moment, wherever they are, whoever they are with - and that makes them stressed and can stress the people they are actually have a face to face conversation with. ;) It's all about how we use the new ways of communication.

All I get now in the mail are junk mail and bills! :)

I'm glad that even my instant culture happy friends write postcards! (And I get quite a few bills via E-Mail these days.) So it's a few happy messages between all the junk mail. *g*

Jun. 30th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
People treat texting like telephones: must answer right away! :) It always irritates me as a customer to be right there at the counter and when the phone rings, I'm ignored for the person on the other end of the line.

I get postcards, too! They are public messages for fun! ;)
Jul. 1st, 2014 06:56 am (UTC)
I get postcards, too! They are public messages for fun! ;)

That's a nice way to describe them! :)
Jul. 1st, 2014 02:29 am (UTC)
I like Email best, texting second, letters third and phones dead last. Especially if I have to be the person to make the call. I don't know. Its a thing for me. I really hate phone calls!

Email is good because I can edit and write as long as I need to. You know how wordy I get. *grin* I don't text all that many people, one friend and my husband, that's about it. But it works as a quick way of conveying information though I've never managed to learn text-speak.

Letters just aren't a thing for me. My mom used to write a letter every week but she's switched to calling every week instead. I think my mom still has letters from my grandmother even though no one but my mom can read them. *rueful laugh* One benefit of email--no indecipherable handwriting! ;)

Hope you have a great day and a great week, Brady!
Jul. 1st, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not big on phone calls, either. I guess it's because I'm shy. :)

E-mail lets me gather my thoughts without blurting the first stupid thing that comes to mind, LOL! Texting is good for quick communication.

Yes, there is the problem of deciphering handwriting, especially when the ink has faded! But my sister and I found a bunch of love letters written by my parents in Mom's hope chest last year and they are fantastic ways to get to know them in their younger days. My dad was in the Army during the Korean War and letters were the way to go, even when he was posted Stateside after the war. We would have never had these beautiful letters if e-mail had existed back then.
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Jul. 1st, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, everything has its pros and cons! And I'm not thrilled with talking on the phone, either. :)

It is always a treat to get non-junk mail and non-bills in the real mail! I will check out that link.

I'm going to do a little revising of my dcu_bang story and will be sending it to you soon, I hope! I have a few things I wanted to add. There will be plenty of time for you to beta it as they haven't even asked for first drafts yet. :)
Jul. 1st, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love getting hand written letters, but e-mail is so much better for international things, which most of my fandom interactions are. :)

I really dislike talking on the phone, and only text when the internet isn't available, lol.

Jul. 1st, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
Letters are special, aren't they? :) But of course e-mail is pretty handy and quick! I like that part of it.

Another no-talker. :) Texting is rare for me, too. I'm not an obsessive texter like some people. I enjoy it but prefer e-mail when I can.
Jul. 2nd, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
I love getting what I call "Fun Mail" and I miss not getting as much as I once did. As for now - email is the main one I use now, but I don't use it all that often. Use the phone even less, and I don't text at all - my phone isn't exactly text-friendly. (It's barely phone call friendly :)
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:20 pm (UTC)
LOL! Mine is a pretty basic phone, too. I'm lucky I have texting!

Fun Mail is what we used to get when zines ruled! I remember eagerly awaiting the mailman's delivery and hoping that a long-awaited zine was there. Letters from friends were prized, too. I love a lot about the Internet but some things were definitely lost.

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