Is personal communication becoming impersonal?
Gone are the days of the Pony Express but will Mail Delivery be eradicated soon? There is nothing like receiving a personal letter, a card, or a hand-written “thank you note” from a friend or a secret admirer; but that may soon change.
Post Offices scheduled closings around the US are listed (here) from the Wall Street Journal, but the list could have changed since the last report. According to News 4 JAX, three locations are right here in Jacksonville, Florida (listen to the video to see how you may change the situation here in Jacksonville). And what about the people who will lose their employment status and have to depend on the unemployment system until they might find another position; not everyone will be eligible for retirement.
The closing of local post offices is an inconvenient to customers who depend on receiving their bills and other forms of mail (some people may like those advertisements that are stuffed in one’s mailbox) that cannot be received electronically. Some mature persons may not know or desire to pay their bills online. What are people going to do who don’t have a secure box in front of their homes? The “checks in the mail” won’t be there anymore. Not at a place near them.
Another thing to consider is will there be a time when “telephone communication” will be done away with? We have emails, text messaging, tweets, and instant messaging on social networks; modern technology is a great thing, but is the human aspect becoming lost? “Reach out, reach out and touch someone” – will this slogan be changed from the physical voice to the typing finger on the phone or computer? Will any of this help our economy?
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