It used to be that staying in touch with old friends wasn’t the easiest thing, especially if an old friend lived in another town or city. However, over the last few decades things have drastically changed, and it is now easier than ever to stay in touch with old friends, even ones who live in not only different cities, but in different countries.
Staying in Touch Through Letter Writing
There are many ways of staying in touch with old friends. Although most wouldn’t even consider it nowadays, a great way to stay in touch with old friends is through traditional letter writing. There is something about letter writing that takes you back in time, and it’s great to be able to have a collection of letters from a friend that you can read and reread whenever you like. It may cost more than other methods of communication but it can be great to turn off technology every once in a while and really put your pen to paper.
Phone a Friend
If you don’t want to abandon technology for letter writing, there are even more technologically related ways of staying in touch with old friends. One of the simplest ways is to pick up the phone and call them. Depending on where they live, however, this can become costly. There are however, great long distance phone plans, nowadays, that cost next to nothing. If you aren’t willing to purchase a long distance phone plan, then you can easily purchase long distance calling cards for ten dollars at any convenience store, which normally gives you hours of talk time to most destinations.
Many cell phone companies now also offer plans that include unlimited national and international texting, meaning that you could potentially stay in contact with old friends through text, without opening up your phone bill at the end of the month to see a few unexpected zeros.
Staying in Touch Through Email
As well, email is probably one of the simplest and cheapest ways to stay in touch with old friends. Most people already pay for an Internet connection in their home, or have access to Internet through their work, meaning that emailing is no extra cost. Emailing is a great way to stay in touch, especially when a friend lives in a different time zone, meaning that it’s hard to synchronize your lives to be available to chat through phone calls. You can send an email on your own schedule, and whenever your friend has a chance they will reply back.
Messengering Old Friends
The Internet truly offers the most ways of staying in touch. Aside from email, there are messenger programs, as well as Skype. Messenger programs allow you to respond instantly to a friend, meaning you don’t have to wait hours or days for a friend to respond, like you do with email. However, the catch is that you and your friend would have to be on messenger at the same time.
Skype is similar to messenger but it allows you to use a web-cam and telephone to talk your friends. This means that you and your friend could see each other while talking, and you could be using your telephone, hooked up to your computer with an adapter (not more than a 50 dollar cost) and talk with no monthly or minute by minute charges.
The possibilities of communication are endless, and it makes staying in touch with old friends effortless. You truly can keep in touch with old friends no matter how far away you live or how long it has been since you’ve seen them. If you feel inspired to reconnect with an old friend, then check out Facebook and you will likely be able to find more than a few old friends to reconnect with.