Have you ever felt the negative effects of technology before?
Not talking about super computer viruses or that time when Tumblr wouldn’t load, but the times when you’re sitting across from your friend while hanging out and he or she is on the phone, texting. Or maybe every night when you’re eating dinner at a table surrounded by your family, only to have all the family members watching television and eating instead of talking about the day and the various events that went on. Or noticing that as time goes on, the phone calls become less and less, turning into quick and impersonal text messages that really don’t hold any meaning.
Thank you for reading this far, and if you decide to scroll over this post- I understand- but if you could really take one minute out of your day to skim over this, my friend Rachel and I would appreciate it so, so much.
We are in the process of creating an organization, called Heart to Heart- and what we aim to achieve is to reinstate the personal relationships between friends. Between family. Between people. The organization plans to do so with our first step: Letters. Do you remember the last time you got a genuine, heartfelt letter that wasn’t some typed up HEY-PAY-YOUR-BILLS from the electric company? I sure don’t. But what I do remember is the bittersweet anxiousness of receiving a response to a letter that I sent, and the moment of utter joy and excitement when I did see that letter waiting in the mailbox- stamped and addressed to me. This is what we’re trying to bring back.
For anyone living in the States, we know that the United States Postal Service is suffering- and this alone says a lot about the relationships between people. This means that personal letters are diminishing, if not diminished already, and our children will most likely never know what it feels like to open that letter, to read it- and to read it again just because you can. Rachel and I are not saying that we should revert back to days of the letter, when it was the quickest form of communication. What we are trying to do is to help people remember the personal touches of a letter and the excitement of waiting for one and receiving one. For more information, please see the video on our page.
We have entered our budding organization in a competition called Banking on Youth, where we have a chance to win up to $15,000 for Heart to Heart- and this money would help our organization tremendously in getting off its feet. Please help us out- if you have a Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter, please take a few seconds to go and like our page. A great part of the competition is social awareness- so please help us out if you can. The Tweet/Like/+1 buttons are directly under the video, right above ‘VIEW TEAMS BY REGION’.
If you have read through this whole thing, I thank you so much. Please help us reinstate the personal human relationship, to bring back the old days of pen and paper. As much as social networking sites and technology bring us all so much closer together, it also tends to build a bridge around all of us that becomes increasingly larger as the days go on.
Write a letter. Send a letter.