Have You Considered a PenPal?
One of the best characteristics of the Internet is the way that it helps bring people closer together.
Through email, instant messages, and chat rooms, you can quickly and easily communicate with someone who lives across the globe. Most of the time, however, the relationships that you form with people you meet online are very shallow and superficial. If you want to really get to know a new person in-depth on a one-on-one basis, your best bet might be to try to find a couple of good penpal friends.
Many people have had a penpal friend at least once in their lives. For example, many children might have had one as part of a school or community project as they were growing up. Others develop long-distance friendships through relatives, mutual friends, or personal travels. If you’ve had a penpal friend before, then you know what a great experience it can be to have someone with whom you can freely share your thoughts, hopes, fears, and disappointments. You already know the wonderful feeling of anticipation you have before you tear open a new letter from your penpal friend and devour its contents. And you already know that sometimes one of these long-distance friendships can turn into an enduring lifelong bond.
If you’ve never had a penpal friend before, then you’re about to discover a fabulous hobby that will open you up to new people, new experiences, and new cultures. Corresponding with new people in far-off lands remains a popular pastime with letter writers of all ages, so don’t be afraid to get started today.
Finding a penpal friend is as easy as going online and running a few queries through your favorite search engine. There are numerous websites out there that are dedicated to helping people meet correspondence partners from all over the world. On these websites (a majority of which are free to join), you’ll be able to search through profiles of hundreds of prospective penpals. A profile usually consists of basic information, such as name, age, location, and general interests. The more specific details about a person’s life are left for you to discover through the letters and cards that you send each other.
You should also consider posting your own profile on a site so that other people may contact you. Just remember that most of theses sites are totally public, so you should never post your home address or phone number where complete strangers can get a hold of the information. Most people rent a post office box the receive letters from their new penpal friends. As an alternative, you can start off by sending emails, then once you feel like you know the person a little better and think you’re a good fit, you can progress to mailing letters to each other’s homes.
We could always use another confidant in our lives, so what are you waiting for? Go out there and find your very own special penpal friend today!
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