When is it NOT ok to send an Ecard?

by Emma W.R. on September 23, 2015

We have to admit that we are lazy people in this digital era. We find the easiest way to avoid human contact and everything revolves around online interaction. Texts, emails and digital correspondence is now the norm. I had to ask myself what occasions are not acceptable for me to send an Ecard. If you really think about it, is it even alright to give away your recipients email address without them knowing? Here are a few circumstances I think Ecards are a definite No No.

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A Breakup – Please do not break up with your significant other with an Ecard. That goes the same for an email, text or video message. That guy or girl deserves it in person.

AW2Thank You Cards – The person giving you a gift on your special occasion took the time to pick it out. Do not send an impersonal thank you to your loved ones. Take a few minutes and hand write something.

AW3Sympathy/Get Well – This is definitely the most insensitive way to send someone an Ecard. Do you really think this is the right time to not get personal? That would be in really bad taste.Mother’s

Day/Father’s Day – This is the holiest of days to actually go out and buy a regular greeting card. Don’t let Mom or Dad down with an email. Are you sure they even know how to open their email?

AW4Christmas card – This is the one holiday we actually like hanging all of the beautiful cards and messages we get for all to see. It’s the classy thing to do. Keep it genuine and personal.

Most people won’t even pay attention to your Ecard. They read it quick then it’s deleted. I think it’s a waste. I would much rather someone hold my card in their hand and treasure its longevity. Only your facebook “friends” should get Ecards. Otherwise, keep it traditional and in the human connection era.

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Gustav Morello September 29, 2016 at 9:21 am

Do not send a sympathy Ecard!

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Emma W.R. December 11, 2015 at 11:18 am

I feel that ecards are way too impersonal

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Jamie December 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm

If it’s a family member, don’t send an e-card. Only send ecards as a last resort

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Amy November 4, 2015 at 3:27 pm

I’m not a big fan of E -cards. I rather not get one at all.

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Amanda November 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

I’m with you Amy. I’m open to digital innovations, but I thought a card is something you always physically give.

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Bentley F October 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

I’m not a fan of ecards, but for many reasons texts or ecards are not a good thing. I can see sending them to someone who you are not that close to, but I always opt for a real card. And its always nice to get HAPPY mail.

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Mary October 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I have never sent an ecard or received one. I like the real deal – the paper card. Ok, yes, maybe if it was an ecard just to say hi or a random say Halloween card, that’s ok. But if I got an ecard for my birthday from someone (especially if they’ve always sent a paper card) the first thing that comes to mind is how lazy you couldn’t stop at the store for a card. Or were you trying to save a stamp???

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Nellie October 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm

That break up Ecard is too funny hahaha. Any card sent for a break up seems in poor taste (unless they were really horrible haha)

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Tessa October 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

Yeah I definitely think e-cards are too impersonal, maybe if it was just a funny “hello”, but otherwise just send a real card!

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Walid H October 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Yeah I agree too. I even would take it so far as to say Ecards are only okay when getting a physical one to the person is not possible. Because really Ecards, atleast ones similar to the one in your picture are not really much different than memes. So you can joke around with these, or send them as thank yous for small favors or specific situations but not for major holidays and loved ones. The only exception I make for this is if you personally made the ecard, but nothing will beat something you can touch and cherish, that’s just a fact 😛

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jayden October 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

I agree with all the above except when you are breaking up with someone. If its a mutual thing and you guys can still be friends I think it should be done in person that way anything that needs to be addressed or moved out can be done in a professional manner. However if the break up makes you want to bust the windows out your exes car than an E-card will be better because no one wants to be on a court show or arrested.

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Joanna September 29, 2015 at 9:14 am

Well….it is a bit more personal than a text message I suppose! I definitely prefer getting a card in the mail though…

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Janet September 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I agree with all of the above; I would especially miss not getting to hang up the Christmas Cards I received as part of my decorations for the holiday.

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