I had a conversation with three teenagers this morning as I drove them to high school. One is going on a trip to Peru with her school and was talking about her mom giving her instructions to buy postcards on the first day and get them mailed so her relatives would receive them before she came home.
She is a quick one, this young girl. She said, “okay, if you give me an extra $20 because I am sure postage in Peru is crazy expensive”.
Then she laughed and told me she thought it was ridiculous because she could take pictures and email them and the relatives would have her view of Peru, not from some canned postcard, and it would be quicker. I asked her if she didn’t think it was nice to receive things in the mail instead of just email. She thought about it, and then said “yes, I guess if relatives are sending money for your birthday, they can’t really do that by email”.
And that sums up the teenage view of the reason for sending a physical piece of mail.
She’s a good kid and will send the postcards. And the relatives won’t be able to see her rolling her eyes as she does it.