Handwritinga Letter versus Sending an E-Mail Message
Communicationhas greatly changed in the modern world with the advent of newtechnology. Modern communication has placed more emphasis on makingwork easier at the expense well thought handwritten messages. Unlikein the traditional era where people used well formed, and creativehand written messages for communication, time and technology havealtered the form, length and creativity of handwrittencommunications.
Today,people rely more on computer technology even to spell out certainvocabularies, handwriting is no longer cherished even in a formalsetup like offices. However, although, great changes have taken placeon means of communication, contrasting or comparing the differencesbetween the various modes of communication such as emails versushandwritten letters is insignificant. The most significant aspect isthat whichever mode used message and communication take place.
Thecreative art of handwriting is no longer held in esteem due to thedramatic technological changes which ushered in sending emails as aform of communication and replacing the long-decade of letterwriting. Most communications are now through emails, and a pen andpaper mode of communication have been left too few cases,handwriting documents is almost on the verge of extinction (Kleiner,2005:2).
Emailsare much faster and efficient compared to handwritten letters interms of resources, time and geographic location apart between twointeracting individuals (Malik,2010:1).Although the two forms of communication convey message, emails aremore efficient especially where immediate feedback is required. Ittakes hours, a day or several days to get feedback from handwrittenletter messages. With internet technology through smart phones andcomputers, communication is just a click away (Wilson,2010:3).
However,unlike in the handwritten letters communication through emails islimited to individuals who are computer literate and have constantaccess to an internet connected computers. Handwritten letters areconvenient for all it is cheaper in terms of materials used (pen andpaper), and that communication can take place despite power orinternet problems (Wilson,2010:3).However, both emails and handwritten letters have costs emails arenot free as such, one has to pay for power and internet connection,on the other hand, one has to buy envelopes and stamps in order tosend the letters (Kleiner,2005:1).
Inthe same token, handwritten letters are more personal in that thewriting and signature convey real connection between the twoindividuals communicating. Although emails can create such closepersonalized connection between the sender and receiver, emails lackthe ‘real’ connection and evidence that the communication istaking place between two people. Internet technology growth wasaccompanied by cyber crime in which case email accounts are hacked,and as such one cannot verily confirm that email sent or received isfrom a genuine source (Malik,2010:1).Handwritten letters, on the other hand, are not immune to forgery andimpersonification of handwriting and signatures(Kleiner, 2005:1).History is full of scenarios involving forged handwriting andsignatures in letters. However, unless it valuable details areconveyed through handwritten letters, fraud cases are less comparedto the threat posed by email communication.
Inanother perspective, messages sent through emails are more prone tospying or could land to the wrong unintended person when the wrongemail address entered. In this context, emails lack privacy andreliability especially in this age of cybercrime and intelligencefiltering. Handwritten letters have more sense of privacy as only theintended person opens the sealed letter this is not the case withemails anyone can hack or intrude in unlogged email account and reador send unwarranted messages(Wilson, 2010:3).In the same line, most email messages lands in the spam box if theemail account has not been well customized this is unlikely tohappen with handwritten letters (Malik,2010:1).In some other cases, email attachments fail to open or attachimportant documents this inconveniences communication unlike inhandwritten letters where all information can be conveyed throughhandwritten paper. However, both emails and letters use emailaddresses and either can lead to the wrong receiver if not correctlyentered.
Emailmessages lack clear and concise format. Handwritten letters havepersonified format with correct salutation and address of thereceiver. This sense of format is absence in most emails most emailslack date, signature or the correct grammar. Handwritten letters haveformal formats and enhance individuals to be more creative in grammarunlike with the emails where individuals rely on computer technologyto correct grammatical errors in messages. The overall effect is thatemails have led to haggardness in learning grammar and a majorproblem to students or workers communicating in offices(Kleiner, 2005:2).
Thefrequency with which people communicate through emails creates morepersonal connection than letters do. As an art form, handwrittenletters convey a person’s personality and mood that can be sensedthrough the ‘tone’ of the words and letters. It is impossible totell the mood of the person who writes the email. Letters areconsidered old fashioned and time consuming compared to emails thatrequire only few minutes to write. Although, in both cases, emailsand letters individuals write their own thoughts, more attention istaken when writing a letter compared to composing an email (Malik,2010:1).In this case, letters present a more sincere communication unlikeemails where individuals hid behind computer screens and type awayany thoughts that come in their mind. As such, emails lack formalityand personality aspect.
Thegoal of Writing a letter and sending an email is to facilitatecommunication despite the mode used. However, there are salientcomparison and contrasts between handwritten letters and emails.While writing a letter and sending it is a procedural task takingtoll on time and expenses, sending emails through internet is not asefficient as critics would persuade as to believe. One common problembetween handwritten letters and emails is that, they are bothunreliable information sent through emails and letters is notguaranteed confidentiality, although handwritten letters have limitedthe sense of privacy. In terms of efficiency, emails are moreconvenient than handwritten letters. However, emails lack thepersonal element, formality and conciseness, unlike handwrittenletters. In addition, emails lack proper grammatical aspects andformat compared to letters. In the modern society, emails are moreeffective in terms of saving time and resources especially in a busyworld(Malik, 2010:1).
ContrastEmails versus Handwritten letters
Creativity of written form of communications.
It takes hours, a day or several days to get feedback from handwritten letter messages.
Handwritten letters are convenient for all individuals who are computer illiterate and those with no access to internet connected computers
Handwritten letters are more personal
Handwritten letters have more sense of privacy as only the intended person opens the sealed letter.
The creative art of handwriting is no longer held in esteem due to the dramatic technological changes which ushered in sending emails Email messages lack clear and concise format
Emails are much faster and efficient compared to handwritten letters,
E-mails is limited to individuals who are computer literate and have constant access to internet connected computers
Emails lack the ‘real’ connection and evidence that a communication is taking place between two sincere people.
messages sent through emails are more prone to spyware or could land to the wrong unintended person when the wrong email address entered
Emails lack formality and personality aspect
SimilaritiesEmails versus Handwritten letters
Whichever mode is used message and communication takes place.
Both emails and handwritten letters have costs emails are not free as such, one has to pay for power and internet connection, on the other hand, one has to buy envelopes and stamps in order to send the letters.
Both emails and letters use email addresses and either can lead to the wrong receiver if not correctly entered.
Both are prone to forgery and impersonification.
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