Snail mail

Korea is a hub of modern technology, probably due to the fact that it is home to an array of electronic companies such as Samsung. Everyone has a smart phone and they are unceasingly using it; even when you walk out into the countryside you can’t turn a corner without facing someone talking on their phone, unselfconsciously taking a selfie, or blaring their music. This addiction isn’t age restricted; everyone from an elementary student to a grandma is most probably aimlessly staring into their phone whilst they ride the bus, eat lunch, and walk down the street.

There’s something grotesque about the fact that many of these people, (not just in Korea, but worldwide) believe that they live their life to its fullest through their phone. The fact is that a like on your picture shouldn’t be one of your biggest concerns, because that is not real life. Sending an e-card to an old friend is convenient, whilst a handwritten card envelopes sentimentality as well. Browsing through a distant friend’s Facebook will provide you with information about their life, but you have to actually talk to them in order to find out how they’re really doing. However, we live in a fast, internet centred age, and we instinctively chose the quickest, most convenient option.

Korea has opened my eyes to how modern life is annihilating many things that we should hold close to us. Gradually, I’m trying to quell my phone usage; I often leave the house without it when I am going for dinner or on a walk. I am a regular visitor to the post office, sending cards, letters and postcards to my relatives and friends around the world. Admittedly, this takes much longer than a moon pig card, but in my own opinion, there is something so exciting about handrwritten post.


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