It was only when I was on vacation with limited access and resorted to exchanging long emails with a friend who was similarly inclined that I realized that what I wanted was penpals.
45 years ago I had them but I had forgotten about the whole things.
The last time I was in the dating scene was the first half of 2008. Diving back in was not something I was looking forward to so I did my homework to come up with a plan.
Sure it can be fun, but it can also be a pain in the ass.
Writing was a way for people who lived far apart to learn about each others' lives.
They might be "introduced" through a school project, a fan club, a group interested in travel, or one of many other ways. By exchanging letters, they shared mutual interests and taught each other about different cultures, religions, and lifestyles.
:-(Now, tell us about what kind of penpal you would like. Do you have an age, gender, language, or country requirement for your penpal?
Also, if there's anything you DON'T want in a penpal (like, "No men,", "No girls," "No one from USA," etc, make sure to put that in here too.
In the area below, please tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you enjoy school or your job, or do you hate it? Do you like to read books, watch TV, hang out with friends? :-) Check the rest before you post or you could be deleted without warning. Are you looking for a true friend or just a chat buddy or language-learning partner? Is your penpal an athlete, a scholar, a practical joker, a skater, a religious person, an atheist, or something totally different?
My first step was to catch up with a few of my serial single buddies.
I needed them to fill me in on apps, dating “expectations” and to be perfectly honest I needed a pep talk.
Back before email and free long distance, when a person wanted to communicate with someone who lived far away, they wrote a letter.
Letters took time to write, and time to travel from the writer's door to the recipient's.