现代人生活节奏如此之快，这使得我们没有足够的时间同他人联络。因此，一种沟通方式是否能成为我们的“首选”很大程度上取决于它的效率。多亏了现代科 技，传统的沟通方式已经简化成“a click of a button”:一个想邀请朋友参加聚会的人不用为书信时间的耽搁感到担忧，一个公务出差的父亲可以通过上网给他的孩子表达爱意。
The tempo of life dictated by a heavy load of work has made it impossible for us to set aside enough time to communicate with others. Hence, whether a means of conveying information will be our first choice is largely determined by its efficiency. Thanks to the improved technology, the traditional way of communication has been simplified into a click of a button. Someone intended to invite his friends for dinner party does not have to bother with the delay caused by letters, and a father on a business trip can show his affections for his children through the Internet.
As the cyber techniques continue to develop and the user number of computers, mobile phones and other communicating devices continue to grow, some people believe our traditional skills of letter writing will disappear fully. In my view, I cannot agree with this view for the following reasons.
At the beginning, the skill of writing cannot be replaced by the usage of any electronic devices. The skill of writing is the ability of expressing ideas in written languages. And what the application of computers and cellphones has changed is only the format but not the content of the written documents. However, the content relates highly to the educational levels and the living and working experiences of individuals Thus, if a person is well educated, no matter how often he or she uses the computers, his ability in writing letter can be maintained fully.
Besides, even the advanced communication techniques has been highly prevalent in contemporary society, chances are still available for individuals to write traditionally. And the examples of them are varied. Couples sometimes manually write love letters to each other with the purpose of showing strong emotions; students in all educational levels are still using the pens to answer most of the exam questions including the writing questions and in some particular situations, people tend to write something traditionally such as leaving messages to family members or friends.
In conclusion, while the advanced communication techniques and the associated devices are spreading into nearly every aspect of people's lives, this does not mean that our traditional skills of writing will head to disappear. That is because what the application of these communication devices have changed is the format but not the real content of writing and there are still plenty of opportunities for individuals to write by using their pens.