As Royal Mail have announced another price hike this week with the cost of 1st class stamps rising from 46p to 60p, another bell sounded somewhere for the death of traditional postage.
Does anyone ever send anything by ‘snail mail’ any more?! It used to be the norm to write a letter, go down to the post box and send it through the post.
If you went on holiday, you’d buy a ‘Wish You Were Here’ type postcard, and post it in the postbox and have a competition with yourself to see if you could beat the postcard home.
More often than not you got home before the postcard did.
Now, with the rise of social media, people upload pictures onto Facebook of themselves grinning cheesily on a beach somewhere instead.
If it’s someone’s birthday you can wish Happy Birthday via an ‘e-card’ or post on someone’s Facebook wall.
The art of letter writing is getting lost. In an age where you can instantly send things anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds, it’s very tempting to do it that way instead of sticking it in the post box and crossing your fingers that it gets there on time.
The one thing that all this computer technology can’t do though is deliver the personal touch.
If a handwritten letter has plopped onto your doormat, it seems a lot more personal and thoughtful.
Who can remember the last time they got a letter from someone? No, bills and businesses don’t count. :-)
Maybe we should all start writing letters again. If Royal Mail didn’t keep putting their prices up, that is…..