Tech Etiquette: Is it OK to Type Thank-You Notes?

Tech Etiquette: Is it OK to Type Thank-You Notes?

Taryn Williford
Sep 23, 2010

Whenever there's a wave of support for new technology, it seems that there's also plenty of vocal dissenters. People who argue that we're losing something—from romanticism to our collective intelligence—by buying in to fancy gadgets. But since it's easier for you to write (and more legible for your friends to read), is it ever OK to type out thank you notes? One etiquette expert weighs in.

Sure, a Mad-Libs-style mail merge would be way easier than addressing thank-you cards to every guest at your wedding. But when it comes to heartfelt messages (like "Thank You"s and "I'm Sorry"s), it's important to put genuine effort in.

Julie Rottenberg, a writer and the etiquette expert in this month's issue of Real Simple, had this to say in her column:

Yes, it may take more effort to make your chicken scratch legible. Yes, you may have to throw away several cards in the process. Still, handwritten words are a uniquely thoughtful gesture; even before the recipient reads what you wrote, she'll get the message that you care.

What do you think, readers? Is it important to send handwritten thank-you notes? Are there occasions when an email note will do? Is your handwriting so terrible that you always type? Let us know in the comments!

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