From Penpal Letter Writing to Social Media Interactions
Back in the 1960s I was a prolific letter writer, having penpals or penfriends in many countries all around the world. Much of my spare time was spent in seeking out penfriends in different countries and then developing a correspondence friendship with them. That was quite a popular thing to do in those times. My letters were never short ones, but pages and pages. I wrote about my daily life, news about school and information about my country, New Zealand. Just like I do on here, really. All my pocket money was spent on postage stamps and thin writing paper, thin so I could fit more pages into an airmail envelope without having the envelope become too heavy to fit within postal regulations.
Today I read something that made me think, little has really changed, other than the way the communication is delivered. Here I sit, at the computer, churning out word after word as I share my thoughts with people all over the world. Social media sites such as this one make it easy to interact with others and develop online relationships. You can really get to know people here, just as I could when I wrote snail mail letters as a teenager. You choose who to spend time interacting with and you learn about their daily lives and their country.
The way we communicate with others world wide may have changed, but the general motivation to do so is still the same.
Did you ever write to penpals or penfriends when you were younger? Maybe you still do?
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