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Can Facebook encourage us to write?

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When my mother first came to live in the UK from Jamaica a phone call ‘back home’ was prized like gold dust. It was so expensive it was a rarity. It took around three weeks for any communication

by ‘snail mail’ to be delivered. But those letters were treasured and held onto so that precious words could be read over and over. With the advancement of technology, telephone calls became cheaper, then there were international calling cards and now, via certain apps, we can make those international calls free of charge. So, has the written word become lost whilst we wade through the plethora of technology at our disposal?


Not so, because today I did something wonderful. I created a Facebook group for my family members who are now dispersed across the globe. Having used Facebook for years it has never occurred to me to do this until my lovely cousin posted a picture of a reunion we had in Jamaica nine years ago for my sister’s wedding. And then it struck me…how wonderful it would be to share our words amongst those we love the most but see rarely. How touching it would be to read about their day, their week, their achievements and their sorrows and hold onto those words just as my mother did to those treasured letters so many years ago.Not so, because today I did something wonderful. I created a Facebook group for my family members who are now dispersed across the globe. Having used Facebook for years it has never occurred to me to do this until my lovely cousin posted a picture of a reunion we had in Jamaica nine years ago for my sister’s wedding. And then it struck me…how wonderful it would be to share our words amongst those we love the most but see rarely. How touching it would be to read about their day, their week, their achievements and their sorrows and hold onto those words just as my mother did to those treasured letters so many years ago.

So, I live in hope. Mobile phone at the ready….notifications set to ‘on’ so that I can immerse myself, through the written word, in the lives of those I am tied to by blood. The ‘word’ is so powerful. There is no truth in the notion that we will lose the ability to communicate via the written word because of technology, we just have to move with the times and use it to our advantage.

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