Can E-mail replace Letters?

September 20, 2006

I read this news report in Channel News Asia some weeks ago and I thought it would be interesting to get everyone’s answers and views.


Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, who play lovers united through letters but divided by time in “The Lake House,” said that e-mail could never replace the passion of handwritten correspondence.


“I love letters. I don’t think we should ever lose the art of sending a letter. It might be time-consuming but the person who receives it will always have it,” Bullock told a news conference in Tokyo.

A letter “doesn’t take batteries, you know,” Reeves said.

He said letters showed the personality of the senders.

“You can see their handwriting, you can hear their voice, smell their scent, it’s part of them. It’s fantastic,” he said.


Can E-mail replace letters? Tell me what you think. 😉

Click here to read the full news report.

Photos are courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.

20 Responses to “Can E-mail replace Letters?”

  1. Sha Says:

    Emails may be more convenient, but nothing beats teh feeling of opening ur mailbox and finding a handwritten letter waiting for you. I love handwritten notes and letters lol.

    I love them, too. 😀

    And oh, The Lake House is just fantastic!

    LOL. I knew you would say that. 😉

  2. nyonyapenang Says:

    e-mails are cold.

    I know exactly what you mean.. 

  3. Kyels Says:

    Emails definitely cannot replace letters. I personally prefer writing letters to people whom I’m close to but they’re far away from me; if given the chance, because through letters one can feel your presence, can see your handwriting, and if tears were shed when the letter was written, you can see blotches on the paper. Nothing beats a handwritten letter. The feeling that you get from an email and a letter is totally different. That is what I think and even though the letter may be short but still it’s a reason for you to smile though email can make one smile too but it just isn’t really the same.


    I agree, Kyels. As Keanu Reeves also said in letters “… you can hear their voice, smell their scent, it’s part of them…”

  4. zeroimpact Says:

    There the thoughts and then the efforts. I regrets all the time that I did not really got into writing letters, a huge mistake.

    It’s not too late to start writing them now. 😉

    The letter that I receive I have kept till now, come to think of it, almost 10 years, and I can still feel the letters everytime I look and read them

    I’ve still got a letter from a boy in my kindy class. He wrote it with different coloured pens. I’ve no idea where he is now but I still kept his letter in my box of treasures. 😉

    I cannot say that about email though, even if I kept all the emails I have until today

    I know what you mean..

  5. LM Says:

    I want to write letters! but my handwriting is worse than a doctor’s!

    That doesn’t matter. The recipient will still appreciate it I’m sure. 😉

  6. ~TheAngel~ Says:

    Hmm, maybe & maybe not. It’s depend on how you see thing. I believe both have their pros & cons 😉

    Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions. Thanks. 😀

  7. I type all my letters anyway! My hand writing is ineligible. I’m sure they’ll dig some up in 100 years and the acheologists will think they’ve discovered a new language with a brand new alphabet! 🙂

    Hahaha.. 😆

    There really isn’t much difference in the content of a handwritten letter or an e-mail. E-mail wins by being quicker than snail mail.

    If we want to save time, then e-mail is definitely the winner. 🙂

    To be perfectly honest, I can’t remember the last tiem I sent anyone a handwritten letter. They’re pretty obsolete with me. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if letters disappear.
    Especially once we all start just dictating to our computers and the computers write all the words for us.
    I mean, who can tell when I’m using my ‘Dragon Naturally Speaking’ software and when I’m just typing [otha thann teh obvias spelleng misstakes Eye mei bee muking!] 🙂

    That’s funny. 😆

  8. Gallivanter Says:

    Hmmmm….what if one scans a handwritten letter? 😛

    Hehe.. Are you gonna send me one? 😉

  9. Fashionasia Says:

    i still remember going to the stationary store n buying the sweetest looking letter pad..with fragrance too…also comes with matching envelope…i also bought stickers to decorate my letters i wrote to my friend(s)…..

    Me, too. 😉

    We cannot put stickers on email cant we??

    Nope, we can’t but we can attach almost anything we want with our emails. 😉

    I love hand written letters…its much more personal and warm…but it take ages!! to write as well as to reach the other side.

    That’s what makes it more meaningful.. the time & effort taken for you to write them. 😀

  10. Joycelyn Says:

    i like to write and receive letters.both are tools to communicate and keep in good touch.n u r remembered…nice?

    I agree. 🙂

    like what fashionasia mention abt the sweetest looking letter pad..with fragrance too…also comes with matching envelope,sticker,etc….
    another interesting part is,we can have many types and styles of folding the letter..:)…can “communicate” with “the middle man” by saying “thank you postman”(wonder the postman really read it/hv a look)….:)

    Haha.. I surely hope not. 😆

    but there are limitations in letters.cannot hv attachments,pictures,photos,2D/3D smileys,links,music,cant forward to others,etc…

    That’s true. 🙂

    in conclusion,both r good and will be happy when receiving it.It’s nice when u know the writer has been thoughtful and spent time in writing it.

    I agree with you again.. a hundred percent. 😉

  11. lx Says:

    call me old-fashioned. there’s nothing like a good ole lick of the envelope and the stamp 😀 I just love receiving letters which are handwritten … there’s a soul to it.

    There sure is.. ‘cos who else can handwrite a letter but a soulful human. 😉

  12. azhan Says:

    i have something extra to say it out. i love letters still! email are just not in fashion, lol. well i love the tendency of people’s writing and their hard work of doing it, instead of typing it out. the ink value’s alot and when it comes with nice stamps, that would be even great. i’ve joined postcrossing postcard exchange and i get so anxious not knowing when will my new anonymous postcard will arrive. and to have tens of different handwriting from around the world is just fun!

    Thanks very much for your views, Azhan. 😀
    The postcard exchange really sounds like fun.

  13. Ashish C. Says:

    Sending a letter is an art? 🙂
    As for me, I email only a few people and its been days, no months, no wait years since I last sent a letter to someone. It’s not about who’ll win, its about which suits you. Letters are still used by many especially people in rural areas where they haven’t got access to the internet. It’s not a competition for supremacy, its a competition for your comfort.
    I’m comfortable with e-mail (I email people once in a month) others are comfortable with letters while others like to IM. 🙂 It’s your choice totally. Thanks for touching upon a wonderful subject. 🙂

    Welcome to my blog, Ashish. 🙂
    Thanks for your constructive views. I agree with you..even in Malaysia, writing letters is still a must if one wants to contact with ppl in rural areas.
    I’m very glad that you like the subject. 😀

  14. bodicea Says:

    The art of handwriting will always be preferred by the romantics for its sentimental value. : )

    I agree. 😉

  15. Lil Says:

    emails work well but i love it when i get letter on the post… it’s that personal touch… 😉

    That’s so true. 😀

  16. Mick Davies Says:

    As a child, the handwritten postcards (there was no other kind then) that my Nana received from her lifelong friends were a fascination, for three months while in boot camp ten years ago I wrote regularly to my then fiancé, and I have kept a handwritten journal for over twenty years. Only recently, however, have I attempted to share my own private practice and revive it among my close friends whom all, save one, live on the other side of the country. A set of picture postcards of personal photographs on archival paper sent to all as holiday gifts will hopefully be the means for them to begin a return to the carefully considered handwritten word. Even as I was preparing to send the postcard set out for the holidays one dear friend e-mailed me to say she missed old-fashioned letter writing and wished to continue to stay in touch “by hand”.

    As children grow up with computers in schools, at home, in libraries, and elsewhere it is up to those of use who remember a time before word processors and e-mail to hand down a tradition that is being taken for granted and silently dying. The last generations to be born before the personal computer were not prepared to face the possible demise of handwritten correspondence because such a possibility is only now being recognized; perhaps too late but hopefully not. The handwritten word is not something any society can afford to lose. It is the lowest common denominator for any civilization. Even as we surrounded ourselves with technology it is our ability to communicate with the written word, not typed or processed, but written that insures our ability to do more than simply survive. When all else has faded, decayed, or been destroyed it will be civilization’s ability to communicate with the written word that will insure its ability to thrive.

    It is nothing short of magic that with only ink, paper, and able mind we can create something out of nothing; and in our ability to create we glimpse the power of our Gods in ourselves. For now, we need only instill in our young charges a desire to see their thoughts, their ideas, flow as words from their impressionable minds onto paper using only their hands, a pen, and an inkwell.

    Thank you for sharing, Mick.

  17. talia Says:

    i think there is nothing wrong with email,sometimes what emails made it cold when its always what you get are all forwarded messages.

    What matter most is the sincerity and clarity that counts that even in this fast pace life emails can still work .

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Talia. 🙂

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  19. stev Says:

    vote goes all out to them handwritten stuff 😉

    Hear! Hear! Stev! 😀

  20. Leo Says:

    Email is great for general message to Family and Friends. BUT you can pull an email out of a box 30 years from now and have the memories.

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