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Will posting letters become history?

With nearly everyone being able to access the internet these days do you think that with the popularity of internet communication like email and social networking people will stop sending letters to each other. This may lead to the complete halt in the mail industry in several years time. Do you think this could happen?

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asked Nov 21 '10 at 17:15

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I hope not, cause I work at TNT Nl so I'm an mailman... and I need the cash :D

answered Nov 21 '10 at 17:22

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Razvan Coroama

I think physical mail will die eventually, however, not any time soon. As far as delivery services go, no, never will they die because packages can't become digital.

answered Nov 21 '10 at 17:29

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I didn't think of that.

(Nov 21 '10 at 17:32) Database Database's gravatar image

You never know, we might be able to teleport packages in the future.

(Nov 22 '10 at 11:02) Feras Feras's gravatar image


(Nov 23 '10 at 00:19) alexleiphart alexleiphart's gravatar image

Or we will somehow loose the internet in a bad event, and we will have to use mail. :/

(Nov 23 '10 at 00:32) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

Google goes bankrupt??!?

(Dec 05 '10 at 08:10) Feras Feras's gravatar image

I honestly can't see physical letters ever dieing out. Inpaticular recorded/signed for post which many businesses and legal companies rely on.

answered Nov 23 '10 at 04:52

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I never send letters. I pay bills online, and any renewal to a service is done through their website. My grandmother on the other hand, sends letters to her friends EVERYDAY! She mails out 3-4 letters every day of the week (Except Sunday of course).

answered Nov 23 '10 at 11:10

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Steven Hibbs


Food for thought. Which would you rather get, an email that's cold and you have no idea what emotion or attitude is being delivered, or a touched and signed by grandma B-Day card in the mail? mmm, love those cards.

(Apr 08 '11 at 13:06) David David's gravatar image

Makes you think about the phones as well. After reading about VoIP, they said that it's going to take over the old phone communication. But I think in the future paper mail will be no more.

answered Nov 21 '10 at 17:22

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If they do how will I pay my bills! Is there a app for that? Is there something that I can do that through the internet!

answered Nov 23 '10 at 00:31

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Madison Tries


You are 14 what bills do you have?

(Nov 23 '10 at 11:57) markd12 markd12's gravatar image

Most companies do online billing and direct debit. Getting bills through the internet may save you money.

(Nov 25 '10 at 12:23) Feras Feras's gravatar image

The United States Postal Service may get shutdown, but I highly doubt replacing real hard copy letters could ever be replaced. You can't scrunch an email into a paper ball, and make a free throw into the trash. You can't use email to start a campfire. You can't use an email to process serve someone to appear in court. ... and the list goes on.

"... There are other private mail & delivery services that do a better job, and are making a profit. (ie. FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.)* The United States Postal Service (USPS) should've been shutdown many years ago. ..."

Related Question: Is the USPS plan to cutback on service, a stupid way to deal with their debt?

answered Nov 23 '10 at 01:42

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All good things disappear at one point or another. However, handwriting will go away, but the physical sending of a letter won't go away for a while. I say this because businesses will type out a letter and send it via mail. Maybe they could send it both through the mail and e-mail? Who knows what the future brings

answered Nov 25 '10 at 12:31

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sending letters to people apart from business usage, will finish, and i don't think it's going to be down to emails or the Internet!

not everyone has a computer, especially in the developing world, but due to cheap mobile/cell phones, practically everyone has one, even in third world countries, if you want to communicate with someone, there not very far away, you can just take out your phone and call them.

answered Apr 08 '11 at 15:47

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