Lost in Translation


It’s evident that as time goes by things evolve.

Our society continues to change, ideally, for the better (although it doesn’t always work out that way). Everything now-a-days is created in a better, much faster, and stronger way than it’s original product. I can’t help thinking however, that the simplicity of some of the most essential aspects that make up our society, such as communication, have been lost.

I blame, primarily, e-mail and text messaging. In a way it’s great because you can ask a question or write something short and go straight to the point. On the other hand, words are definitely lost in translation. Especially with the usage of so many acronyms and abbreviations.
Think about letters. I love letters. Not because “I’m a girl” and I like the whole romantic facet to it (although this is also quite true), it’s the whole sentimental value it carries behind the written words. Today’s society is so informal–to the point where you don’t even know if the person you are talking to truly cares what you have to say.

Not a lot of thought is put into a text message. Letters are special because the recipient knows that time and effort was spent into the way the words, and sentences in general, were composed.

Though GSM( Global System for Mobile Communications) phones were able to send text messages in the early ’90s, it was rather unpopular. “Initially the adoption of text messaging was slow because it was not possible to send messages to people using different phone carriers. It was also not until the late 1990s when the number of teenage owners of mobile phones began to increase and text messaging found its primary market,” said McClain, a contributing writer at eHow.com.

People should start to write again. I don’t think there’s anything like receiving a hand-written letter from someone you care about. I’m not necessarily referring to “love letters” per sé, but letters in general; to show the other person that you care enough to set some time aside from your busy schedule and share your thoughts with them; to friends and family, whether close or distant.

It’s like receiving a card for your birthday or an important event. It’s special, at least to me because there’s thought and meaning behind it.

That’s not to say a text message won’t do the trick; I just don’t think messaging electronically is as personalized nor as thoughtful as sitting down, and pouring your feelings into a letter.


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