I want a pen pal.
Not knowing where to get an address from, I did what I usually do when I want to research something, I Googled it.
Over 6 million hits.
I refined my search to “hand written” pen pals. 3,125 hits.
So over 6 million websites are geared towards pen pals online!? WTF????
There are varied reasons to start a penpalship, yes, I’m coining this term. But I never realized how many people would forgo the act of actually sitting down with pen and paper to write to someone.
I won’t discredit an online pen pal, but how are you going to build any patience if you always gravitate towards the instant gratification of online technology. Having to wait for the “snail” mail to deliver the letter is part of the anticipation of a pen pal.
Unplugging from all of this technology and getting in touch with yourself and with someone else is a great way to build up social skills. Also it is a great way to make another friend in another part of the world.
One of the many perks of having a pen pal, it allows you to learn another culture. What’s do you have in common? What’s different? What do they eat? What’s their work day like?
Writing a letter, helps improve motor skills and increases brain pathways. It also helps hone reading and writing skills. This in turns leads to better communication skills.
With better communication skills, it also helps with language skills. It helps to increase the thesaurus that is already hardwired inside your head. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
Also, if they are in another country, it maybe helpful in learning a new language. Its scientifically proven those that speak two or more languages and more intelligent. And what bette way to learn a new language than from a native friend from another country.
One of the best reasons to have a pen pal, is you will be able to talk about some things you do not feel comfortable telling anyone else. Most pen pals remain just that, a pen pal.
Finally , getting a letter in the mail is the whole point of a pen pal. If you want to receive some mail in your inbox, why not subscribe to a few newsletters.
Yes, most of the fore mentioned points can be done with a pen pal online, but some can’t. You will need to sit down with a pen and paper to achieve these. Nothing correcting your misspelled words, punctuation, and grammatical errors except your built in computer.
I can see the merit in both types of pen pals, but to have a truly unique experience with them, try sitting down to pen and paper and writing it out.
The last point I am going to mention is that it helps with your handwriting. As with anything, the more you practice, the more efficient you become.
Happy writing everyone.