To Write or to Type?
2015级 医学部 叶程心月
Do you still remember how your heart pounded loud and fast when you opened the envelope, unfolded the letter and read it word by word? Or when you sealed the envelope, stuck some stamps onto it and put it into the postbox with care?
Nowadays, however, these feelings are almost gone because traditional letters are now being replaced by e-mails after the Information Revolution. But, is it better to type than to write? Personally, I am a supporter of traditional letters.
First, though convenience is the main advance, it is meanwhile an inevitable drawback of e-mails. We simply need a computer linking to the Internet and it only takes seconds to get a message across the ocean. In contrast, traditional letters will take us more time and effort to do the same thing, which indicates senders invest more concentration or emotions into them. To receivers, traditional letters bring either surprise or beautiful expectation before receiving them. In a sense, traditional letters are a representative of slow and delicate life where people enjoy the process more than the result.
Second, traditional letters are regarded as more sincere while e-mails seem to be void of emotions. Being tangible, traditional letters are direct to receivers and are more likely to move them. E-mails can only be read through cold screens and arouse a feeling of distance. When writing traditional letters, we tend to be more devoted because written characters can leave deep impressions on receivers and help others deduce about our state of mind. When editing a letter, things are quite different. The characters are of the same style and we can delete them with no trace or even rewrite. It is found that more revisions will bring more lies, and this conclusion applies to many e-mails.
Third, when it comes to diversity, e-mails can never be equivalent with traditional letters. We have wider choices of papers, envelopes and decorations when we compose traditional letters. We can even create unique letters if we like. Human creativity is partially limited when writing e-mails for we have to choose from the templates that are already set by computer programs. Compared with hand-written letters, e-mails are just too tedious.
Although people can list out a great many technical advantages e-mails have over traditional letters and point out that e-mails have a brighter prospect, traditional letters have their own value and are irreplaceable. In urgent cases, emails are a wise choice, to keep up with the fast pace of the contemporary world, while in other cases especially when concerning feelings and emotions, traditional letters are better carriers. As to me, during festivals such as Christmas, I prefer to write traditional letters rather than type the blessings to my loved ones.