In the past few days, you may have written a to do list, or done your homework. Perhaps, you’ve been doodling in your book during class. But when did you last write a long piece of writing by hand? Probably not today, yesterday or even this week. The true answer may well be ‘not very often’ and your family and friends might say the same. We’re all switching to avid supporters of typing, so what’s the point of still writing by hand; is there still a place for handwriting in our lives?
Think about it. I know you all might have this gut feeling where handwriting is still a useful skill, and it is, but to provide proper answers we’ll need evidence.
Today, our regular writing on a daily basis consists mainly of texting through a keyboard, touch screen technology and voice activation. However, handwriting is reserved for the occasional letter or a note. So is handwriting as a form of producing text still relevant? After all, if pressing keys on a keyboard can produce legible script easily, so why bother with a pen?
At the turn of the 21st century, it was commonly believed that chances of handwriting surviving were minute. Technology then developed rapidly, leaving handwriting looking rather out of place.
On the bright side, even though ways of written production were changing, schools/Universities still believed handwriting was of importance. In 2014, 94% of adults believe that handwriting is a vital skill for young people.
I believe that writing by hand enables us to process information at greater depth. For example, a study shows that students who took lecture notes by hand recalled more of the content after a month than those who used laptops. Therefore, the use of handwriting activates our brains. This also makes me strongly believe that handwriting is a greater form of art which should be preserved, as each and every person’s way of writing is different and should be appreciated.