When technology gives you hope and then takes it back and more

A message in a bottle — Credit unknown

Days ago I’ve found an app on the App Store and it gave me the feeling of time travel excitement, you know, because I’m one of those guys who appreciate the old times, not for having a good time personally in the past, but for no obvious reason, like why should someone live back in time when people used to send letters and wait for months to read a reply, well it’s not the fake romance of the tools, quill and parchment, paper with some kind of perfume, and for sure people wouldn’t like the waiting from months to instant delivery of whatever would you like to share, now you can video call, that’s a very far point, I think it’s more deeper than that, due to the long waitings for a letter or even one word or maybe an information that the other person is alive, so people back then built a connection with each other’s letters, words, the way it’s written, the scent of paper, it’s color how it ages over time just like us, and when a letter should be sent as a reply, for a dear person you haven’t seen for years but you’re reading his letter every couple of months, well of course reading such letter will make an emotional impact on you more than any fast messaging platform nowadays while you can share each moment with whoever you want but Writing such one implies a deeper connection level something that has nothing to do with instant daily questions like “what you’re having on lunch?” Or “what’s your plans for the next weekend ?”, it could be more like a small integral of a biography since the last time we ever talk, or reference for events, which we can easily find throughout history where there was lots of letters considered now as a main source of information about certain undocumented era elsewhere.

Now the app that caught my attention adapted the waiting time into hours, and it differs from one friend to another depending the amount of kilometers between both sides, I mean who would want such torture of waiting that much, well I tried it and liked it too at first but sooner I found that it’s not worthy nowadays, unless you like this kind of communication.

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Jamal Ballouk

Jamal Ballouk

Because somebody had to write about the tragedy of existence with a sense of humor. Follow on twitter @Jamalballouk