Will Handwriting Survive in the Digital Era?

It didn’t start with a pen, but a reed with a brush at the tip, and it didn’t start with ink, but a mixture of soot, water and vegetable gum. There definitely was a piece of papyrus. Around 2400 BC, Egyptian culture bestowed upon the world a great gift: the ability to write on paper.

From the first Egyptian pictograph to the modern day sticky note, a recent study suggests that the preferred form of conveying ideas, especially in the business world, continues to be the handwritten word. With a myriad of technological advances in communication at our fingertips, will handwriting persist and does it possess any unique qualities?

There’s no arguing that laptops, iPads and smart phones enable us to communicate instantly. Surprisingly, according to a study conducted by Forrester Research, 87 percent of business professionals still use handwritten notes in addition to digital media. The study concludes that by integrating handwritten notes with digital communication, workflow and overall productivity increases dramatically. Think to-do lists.

One reason behind this has existed since the first pictograph. A person’s handwriting is just as unique and individual as their fingerprint. Derived from the Greek grapho meaning “writing” and logos meaning “word,” graphology is the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer’s character, personality and abilities. While many consider graphology pseudoscientific, the “personal” quality of the handwritten word indisputably conveys a different type of information, a written equivalent to tone of voice in conversation. A more respected term for the study of handwriting is graphemics.

Handwriting also has benefits for the writer.  Researchers believe that the simple act of constructing the letters and forming words and symbols on paper increases our ability to recall information. Whether or not composition on a digital device has similar benefits is an open question.

Find out how keeping a daily log (call it a diary or a journal), is proven to improve your productivity, here.

Do you find yourself using handwriting less frequently as digital devices become more common? If you take notes on your computer, can you memorize facts as effectively as copying them by hand? Let us know, below.

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At least three units had major damage, including that of the man whose grill started the fire. Five other units sustained smoke and water damage, Lehman said.

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The fire serves as a reminder that grilling can be dangerous and city ordinances prohibit tenants from having grills on their balconies for safety reasons, Lehman said.

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  1. Kristella Rouseman -  October 17, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    I am 35 and life is really hard for me. As a child secondary school words basically really hard it had all the latest technologies we weren’t supposed to like write with paper and pens I practically stopped writing ever a pen and pencil as soon as I hit eleven and well I never actually written one afterwards at college I hardly use pens and pencils that everything is really hard and everybody in my college you relied on computer and technology in phones and everything else. The last time I wrote a pen and pencil ways in my six year of primary school. To be honest I am still learning how to write Again whilst my 7 children are writing better than me, even my six year old daughter!

  2. MUBARAK MAHMOUD -  April 2, 2014 - 3:02 pm


    • linda bir-sands -  October 11, 2014 - 8:40 am

      I agree with your comment, also I believe that penmanship is a fine art for the writer. No matter your profession in life you have this expression as simple as it sounds is a gift. You do not have to be wealthy or have just the right employment, we find alot of pride in our penmanship and a simple source of art to anyone whom chooses this wonderful form of expression in ones mind and apply all of the human spirit through this gift. I am in awe when a friend or a relative sends that note, in fact it is as wonderful as receiving a picture of them,their personal gift in so many way.Amen…thank you for allowing this post.

  3. Vanessa -  July 17, 2013 - 7:16 am

    I couldn’t have made it through university without the ability to write in cursive… I had students around me typing away what the prof was say, others looking at pictures of cats, and I was one of few people still writing on paper… I brought my laptop with me one day to see what the fuss was all about and found that at the end of my classes, I didn’t remember much from the entire lecture.
    What frightens me is that I’ve had younger people try to tell me I’ve misspelled something because they can’t read cursive writing… I’ve had professors ask me what my cursive capital “I” was…they thought it was a D! Cursive writing will probably die out, but hopefully writing on paper altogether will be here to stay.

    • Sarah -  June 8, 2014 - 10:25 am

      I was one of the few still being taught cursive in the early 2000s during elementary education. Afterward, I was never required to submit a paper in cursive and no professor even in college has specified if we had to write in a specific style. In these days of advanced technology, I have learned that gaining skills like homerow typing will only help me as a student going all of the way back to ’05/’06. Currently going into my senior year in college, I’m now a scribe and can type at least 60 words a minute! My handwriting has only grown more unique to me as I’ve gotten older even as I’ve learned to type exactly what I’m thinking faster than I could ever write it down. Hell, I can even write a full essay in under an hour if you let me type the draft and final.

  4. CLS -  January 23, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    I have an awful memory, but if i write something down I will remember it. I am especially bad at remembering numbers, but if i write them down it’s not a problem for me to recall them later. Even as much as 3 days later.

  5. Crystal A. R. -  July 12, 2012 - 9:47 am

    I really enjoy writing. The feel of pen to textured paper, nothing like it.

    • Emma Lin -  September 26, 2016 - 4:03 pm

      Exactly! I like typing because it’s easy to go back and revise, but there’s just something about taking a pencil or pen and murdering a sentence (or two) by scribbling it out. I’m a 14 year old who has technology all around me (my school district utilizes Google chrome books) and I can still say that I write on paper all the time (teachers only force you sometimes).

  6. Nicolas Smith -  July 3, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Kristin on June 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    I havent written a word in a year. I dont even remember how to do it any more! We dont need to know how to do it, it is a waste of time.


  7. Lin Rin -  June 26, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    YES, it will.
    Technology has typing but it also has tablets which has stylus which people use to write with on the tablet.
    So basically, writing will live through this “technology” era because of tablets.
    Typing is just my other way of writing fast but I can also write at pretty much the same speed and have a great quality of handwriting.

  8. Tim Kramar -  June 26, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    I’ll be listening to the TV, and hear about something that I want to record later, or read more about. I may or may not have the computer on, but even if I’m on the computer, I don’t want to stop what I’m doing to look it up then and there, so I write a note.

    Plus, I work crosswords in the newspaper or in a book of puzzles. Kinda hard to type that in.

  9. Hank -  June 26, 2012 - 11:37 am

    After many year of being able to type above 140 wpm my handwriting is now indecipherable. I can generally get through one sentence that is somewhat readable (with effort), but legibility goes downhill from there.

    Now that so many people are texting (thumbing), I wonder what the outcome will be for their handwriting in another 20 years.

  10. BP -  June 26, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Do they mean cursive writing or just writing by hand? I have always hated cursive writing with a passion so I just print.

  11. Skrillex -  June 24, 2012 - 8:42 am

    As a producer of dubstep, i prefer to use a computer because I am always at one. It is easy to just open up notepad and type away. Handwriting aches my hand and that isn’t good because i need to be able to use my hand fast on a computer. After all, I am producing music 24/7.

    • penelope -  May 24, 2014 - 7:05 am

      hello just came across this comment i am doing my dissertation on how the use of the computer has affected the pen and paper.. I wanted to know whether it has affected the way you write and has your handwriting changed from when you were younger..

      Thank you for your reply in advance :)
      - Penny

  12. miss fab -  June 11, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    What do you think about schools not teaching cursive anymore?

  13. NII -  June 7, 2012 - 11:06 am

    I guess if we can make it without handwriting. In the long run, both are essential tools for our time.

  14. Name not mentioned -  June 5, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    Okay, I know I am typing right now, but I absolutely like writing. If it didn’t exist, then how did we communicate with paper to send letters to other countries? Well, you either walk all the way there, or you don’t give the info at all. Plus, you wouldn’t need to know how to spell because of Spell Checker. We would just have an empty place in our brain, and if we don’t know how to write, how well would you do in school? Yeah, you could use Microsoft Word, but what if the teacher prints it? Well, you either got to type the entire thing up, or you write it. Also, what if you’re writing a blueprint with pictures on it for an inventions? You can’t just find the pictures you want and have a label already. You have to draw it and label it with handwriting. We really need to keep this ancient art going, and know that writing is important to you, me, and everyone in the world.

  15. Gabriel .L -  June 4, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    :P :)

  16. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:26 am

    iM TYPING :)

  17. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:25 am

    ha ha ha SORRY FOR NOT WRITING :( iM TYPING :)

  18. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:22 am

    Do u mean that person goes like”Darn!!! Halfway through a letter ive forgotten how to write” Besides maybe it will be KO cause typin’ is much faster. ’cause now people use computers ipads and other fancy stuff, it will be really hard to survive.i think people must be confused now ’cause of this article anyway…………………

  19. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:11 am

    Well, Im really confused ’bout it ’cause u say that handwriting is faster than writing? ya sure its true??? I dont think so ’cause many people type faster than just writing. Anyway, i take it as FINGER EXERCISE!!!

  20. Unknown -  June 2, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    I think both typing and writing are part of our daily needs in education.

  21. Jane -  May 18, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    I was in an accident when I was 12 that severed some nerves in my right hand. I still have some usage of it (enough to feed and dress myself) but not enough to really write with it. I can sign my name and scrawl a few words but nothing more. I am in my 30s now and suffered for years because of this. Also, serious arthritis runs in my family – my mother, aunt and grandmother both have had very bad arthritis in their hands since about the age of 40. I have a PhD and am very successful in my chosen field (I am a workaholic) yet I have been called lazy and stupid multiple times purely because of my inability to write by hand. Including by tutors who were aware of my disability. Prejudices die hard.

    The rise of modern technology over the past decade or so has understandably made me very, very happy. There is physically no way that I could have achieved a tenth of what I have done without computers and smart phones. I get angry when people associate negative qualities like laziness to poor handwriting or an unwillingness to write by hand. Obviously not everyone who has poor handwriting has a medical reason, but considering there are millions of people who do – some of whom could not function without this modern technology – please think before you judge them.

  22. a peep -  May 13, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    umm, im better at handwriting. still new to tecnology!! when i was lil, my bro wouldnt let me use the computer, cuz he thought i would make it get ” viruses”!!!!! im still tryin to type fast. i get embarrassed at school wen we go on the computers cuz people around type fast!! ps im 12!! my bday wAS ON friday!! the 11! pss i started wring this at 6:32 and finished at 6:38!!LOLL

  23. KATIE -  May 9, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    I have like the neatest handwriting in the world! I also have straight A+’s and if you dare to question, aww, c’mon was there ever a time that you just made one mistake? just one?, and I’m all like ‘ well, from the first time I started school and all the way to my graduation in college, there was never a mistake in my report card. NEVER!’ and everyone is like ‘I doubt that’. But, the truth, I never made a mistake.

  24. Stormy -  May 8, 2012 - 5:22 am

    I definitely feel something is lacking with the emergence of typing everything rather than handwritting. All though school I found that if I wrote good notes and reviewed the material just once I was able to recall better than if someone wrote it for me. Also with so much typing tools such as grammar and spell checking, people are losing the ability to do it themselves. Whenever I type something I do grammar and spell check myself…then in case I have missed something I will use the digital tools.

  25. L'Amico -  May 7, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    I most definitely have a better memory when I handwrite my notes. I also draw pictures and arrows to help me understand, which is so much more difficult on the computer. However, I do make myself study guides on the computer with pictures from the internet and slideshows because sometimes I need a photo to study from for my veterinary tools and pictures of certain disorders and such. But yes, I love handwriting!

  26. :-) -  May 2, 2012 - 1:59 pm

    i think both r ok; u always need a little of everything

  27. Lace -  April 27, 2012 - 8:04 am

    In primary school I was taught to write and to join up my letters. Now, in secondary school I don’t. It is better though. I can, for a start read my writing and so can the teachers, also I started to enjoy writing more. It also helps memorizing. Everyone in our school has a planner-dairy, where they jot down homework, room changes, etc. I rarely need to check it, because I remember it. I wonder how much I would have to check it if it was digitalised…

  28. claire -  April 22, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    i think that writing by hand is great, but i also really love typing. Typing, for some reason, makes me feel really good. the only thing that i really don’t like about writing by hand is that in a while it gives you a hand cramp, which i have become very familiar with in the past few long, boring essays.

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  29. DG Fletcher -  April 14, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    I have 2 prize possessions: a teddy that is older than me and… (weirdness…) a Bic Pen that I’ve had for two and a half years. I just change the ink cartridge.

    I use that Bic Pen for *everything*.

    One time, me and my friend thought it would be a good idea to list all the weird uses I have for Bic Pens. We were up to 50 uses when we suddenly realized we were writing down all the uses ON MY PHONE!!

    Yeah, that was a weird day.

    I do write though. I draw. I use another Bic Pen as a hair thing, it replaces all the times normal people use fingernails because I have really really short fingernails, (that’s a huge list right there.)

    I have been waiting for somewhere to talk about that for ever! :D

  30. retronoodles -  April 12, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    Wow, I’m a first year at college and i’m baffled by people that claim to have not handwritten things in years! I see a few kids in my lectures tapping away on computers, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they are focusing and absorbing as much info as other handwritten note takers like me. I

    Technology is great for communicating, organizing, preserving and researching and so on, but it has its limits. As an artist, sketching and writing notes on paper will always be my way of observing the world around me. The drawing programs on tablets nowadays aren’t that stunning, and can’t emulate pen and paper, My Galaxy tab isn’t meant for sketching. Maybe in the future when they have super pressure responsive screens i’ll reconsider, and go totally digital for my art!

  31. April -  April 11, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    I haven’t been able to write with a pencil or pen and paper for an extended period of time in many years. I had to beg my English Teacher to allow me to type an essay at home, because not only would my wrist and hand hurt, the lighting and sounds of other students was very distracting.

    Give me a keyboard any day and I can write for hours and hours.

  32. Shini -  April 10, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    I find it difficult to write with a pencil, since you have to put pressure on one to make it write. Pens are what I like to write with at the most.

    I think typing is a faster way (unless you are slow at typing) to create notes, since a keystroke is enough to make a symbol. Writing requires serveral things, like paper, a writing utensil, and light.

  33. Helga -  March 23, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Yes, I find now that I’m starting to be almost unproficient of writing. My style of penmanship, which has always been awful, now is even more terrible. But I still find when it comes to making notes it’s still unavoidable to write with a pen instead of typing. And then a piece of paper is something you can always keep at sight.

  34. someone -  March 19, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    amen sister!

  35. noregretta -  July 17, 2011 - 9:54 am

    I was astounded that my son, now a senior in high school, was not taught cursive type handwriting skills in elementary school. the conversation I had with his 4th and 5th grade teachers included the use of computers to communicate in the future, keyboarding is the key, spellcheck – no need for spelling, etc. One of the last things said was, sarcastically, “well, do you want me to teach him how to write?”

    Now, as a near adult, he is ashamed of his signature. It has not changed from his signature at about 3rd or 4th grade. It has no grace or panache.

    are you aware that due to so much cheating in the public schools, that students are now required to handwrite major papers, in class, to prevent copying of old papers or having other students do the work for pay. In my son’s case, it was almost a painful experience, as handwriting is so laborious when undeveloped .

    Writing was a reflection of how much education you’ve had. Those that wrote poorly had little or no education. The closer you came to making an “x” as a signature, the closer you came to being labeled uneducated. Now when you have to fill out paper work by hand, as in a Dr’s office, your handwriting can reflect your education level. Childish handwriting reflects a low education level.

    Now handwriting may indicate a generational difference. Those individuals that are 50, 60, or 70 demonstrate a smooth, rounded, slim cursive. a well practiced cursive. Though my brother is in his 60′s and his writing is illegible, it does reflect an educated component.

    Cursive handwriting, though tedious for all of us originally, is a fine-motor-development skill. It is the belief among art teachers that if you can learn to write, you can also learn to draw. Drawing is not more inate than cursive handwriting. it is a learned fine-motor-development skill. please learn to write.

  36. Scrivener -  July 12, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    Hand written text will always have a place in communication because it offers the scribe a level of subtlety that a generic computer font can’t – To give an example: I would imagine that if responses offered up in online forums were of the creators hand we would see far less anger because a messure of expression is born of the bespoke nature of someones handwriting. Until the day everyone is blessed with a similar subtlety of vocabulary there will always be the need for the written hand.

  37. Kamara -  July 5, 2011 - 7:00 am

    I still start working on and writing my essays, papers etc by hand. I enjoy it and it definetely helps me to memorize thinks better. I see handwriting as an important development of creativity. Looking at peoples handwritings is interesting and often it tells a lot about personality.

  38. Phaser Rave -  June 16, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    The chance that I’ll remember something is increased if I record it. For me, at least, I don’t believe that the chance is different depending on the medium.

  39. Kaye -  June 14, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    I wrote my first two novels by hand, and now ten novels later, I’m using a PC and finding it increasingly maddening. When I was in grammar school. the Parker Penmanship method was still taught, learning to do it well was both a source of pride as well as a way of recognizing ourselves in our parents’ hands, in their grocery lists, letters…I may write novel no. 14 by hand next year, if only because the temptation to edit continually is too great when mistakes can be erased, leaving no reminder. I get the heebie-jeebies when I regard all the text-tweety idiocy, so I pray that both the written and bound word outlast it…and pray to see and hear the word “provocative” less often.

  40. Tady -  June 13, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    I think that there is another added benefit to handwriting, other than what is being said. When we handwrite, we are actually being creative and thus it enhances the creative side of out brain. This is what all of us do right? We doodle in class, we even use mind maps to help us remember what we have learnt in class. Handwriting definitely does improve our memory, makes letters more personal and it also allows us to express ourselves so much more better. When we are in an upbeat mood, we write our best. Basically, handwriting is the way to go! :D

  41. Kat -  June 12, 2011 - 5:30 am

    People used to write in shorthand however we rarely see people doing that today, it is becoming a lost art if it is not already. We should industrialize and speed up production, however we can still keep handwriting, it is sometimes faster. I enjoy writing in swirly patterns and fancy letters as a title or heading.

  42. Keegan -  June 11, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    Cell phones and computer software now convert spoken words into text almost perfectly. In a matter of time we won’t be putting any effort into it really.

  43. -.- -  June 11, 2011 - 12:43 pm

    i like both writing & typing

  44. Larry -  June 10, 2011 - 10:45 am

    Speeling will go out the wyndoo next as we get use to speel check.

  45. Kara -  June 9, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    I wish I was born in an era where they taught you to write properly by hand. Every time I see my grandmother’s beautiful handwriting next to my childish scrawl, I die of envy. I really would like to pick up a calligraphic workbook.

  46. aidan -  June 9, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    this is so boring. why would you even care. there is no point

  47. aidan -  June 9, 2011 - 3:19 pm


  48. Pegasus -  June 9, 2011 - 12:26 pm

    Umm, did i mention you actually have to diligently work your way through the calligraphic workbook? Does no good just sitting on the shelf, under the lovely pen set.

  49. Pegasus -  June 9, 2011 - 12:25 pm

    As a graphic designer working for a marketing firm, I get to play with computer-generated typography every day. I also blog on an iPad regularly, and own a MacBook Pro at home (which I use only one-tenth as much as I used to since i got the iPad).

    I also carry around a cartridge fed calligraphic pen, which i regularly use as a cheque-writing or note-taking device. When I was a kid, i had atrocious handwriting, and my brother gave me a calligraphic workbook for my birthday. It transformed my handwriting, which looks pretty good even when i use a regular pen or pencil.

    Even technology immersed (and enamored) as i am, i’ll always appreciate the handwritten word.

    BTW, if you would like to improve the look and speed of your handwriting, buy a calligraphic workbook and a good calligraphic pen.

  50. Kaili -  June 8, 2011 - 3:39 pm

    I learn well in a lot of ways–best when I get to used a couple learning styles. I think that is why handwritten notes are so useful for me. Particularly as a student, I find that as I write out notes I make them visually inviting. I used small pictures, symbols. I change my handwritten “font” and size to suit the importance of each particular item recorded. By hand that’s simple. On a computer, even for the most adept, it requires more steps to make such subtle changes.

  51. Pauline -  June 8, 2011 - 6:56 am

    “Handwriting also has benefits for the writer. Researchers believe that the simple act of constructing the letters and forming words and symbols on paper increases our ability to recall information. Whether or not composition on a digital device has similar benefits is an open question.”

    When I study for an exam, I like to re-write my notes on a clean sheet of paper. Writing actually does help me memorize facts easily. I almost always perfect my exams studying this way. It’s probably just me, but I believe it also increases photographic memory.

  52. nomantahir -  June 8, 2011 - 1:55 am

    Wonder why nobody mentioned the fact that writing is a feat exclusive to humans and no other animal can accomplish it. However, animals can do all other things that we do too.

  53. Amy -  June 7, 2011 - 7:56 pm

    I’m 21 and study online, (well actually, I am an ‘on-campus’ student but today’s society relies so heavily on technology that our entire course content is online and nowhere else, and we must submit everything via email, and they are so strict about ‘no printouts’ that we don’t even get our own printed timetable – absurd) but I always write down what I read, because I retain the information better when I write it down. But also, because if I want to refer back to it, I don’t always have to go and log in and look it up again – I get so sick of looking at the computer screen. I have an old mobile phone, and I read paperback books, and I don’t download movies or tv shows or books. I don’t like the idea of reading novels on an iPad, and I hate how everyone who owns an iPhone is constantly glued to it – it has become impossible to have conversations with some of my oldest friends because they’re always preoccupied with their Facebook updates on their phone – pathetic if you ask me. I love letters and ‘old fashioned’ mail and there is so much character and personality in handwriting. On a related subject, I am so disappointed to see advertisements on television for ‘family’ games and activities that involve the TV and game consoles like Wii; drawing pictures on some plastic thing that transfer to the screen. Whatever happened to Pictionary and board games?

  54. SlagDrag -  June 7, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    I write stuff down when I need help memorizing something but brainstorming is the best with written pen. I find that taking notes in cursive helps when I’m absorbing a lecture … except when it’s going by too quickly.

  55. Alva -  June 7, 2011 - 4:50 pm

    I don’t think handwriting will survive the digital age. My point and case is this. My principal asked me to deliver an impromptu speech. I had the hardest time writing it quickly. I rather use the computer to complete any written assignments. Handwriting slows me down considerably. It took me 45 seconds to type this note. It took me 2.5 minutes to write it. It is the world of a nitty picky person!! I want perfect or …

  56. AfroQueenb -  June 7, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    i love writing things down even though it is slower and sometimes more tedious than typing. I do believe that there is more power in the hand written word such as taking notes by hand helps you retain that information better. Hand written word is beginning to suffer, though. I was taking the SAT’s and we had to write an agreement in cursive. Everyone in the class struggled to write in cursive and we wasted over 20 mins waiting for kids to finish.

  57. jordan -  June 7, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    I believe that handwriting is much easier to remember than computer. I like writing, though my handwriting is TERRIBLE, so my parents and teachers want me to type my assignments. :( But I like drawing and I think art is good for handwriting. :D !

  58. Mychael Yamiyn -  June 7, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    There is a man named Billy, who commented above. I agree with him concerning this topic.

  59. KoKaiKenzi -  June 7, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    I handwrite everyday. I have no idea how people don’t! What ever happened to the handwritten Christmas cards, Birthday invitations, and Thank you letters? Just today I wrote 142 flashcards for English class!!! This is rediculus that scientists are even doing a study on this…

  60. hello =) -  June 7, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    well the written word is always nice because it isnt the same sending a txt in class and sending a handwritten note. also writing helps to memorize better because ur actually getting it into ur head by writing it

  61. trilby -  June 7, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    I write by hand so rarely that, when I take a pen, I sometimes fear I may not recall how it is done. It is true handwritten text is valuable because of how it speaks about the author’s personality but it really irritates me when I write and all the lines are uneven, and there is no backspace… ;)

  62. Book Beater -  June 7, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    I thought this was the most eloquent thing said here, and it could only have been better in cursive.
    “Pero deslizar la mano y sentir la huella…el trazo…aaahhhhh…”

  63. Coach Mack -  June 7, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    When the power goes off and the batteries are dead
    And you have to use paper and pencil instead

    Papyrus and stylus will again be alive
    And we’ll wish we could write, and that’s no jive.

  64. Prydferth Menyw -  June 7, 2011 - 11:18 am

    I love to write by hand, even when my tremors kick in.
    I am taking college courses online and I have to write down every word of the assignment into a notebook in order to absorb it, go back and underline key elements, have a further comprehension of the assignment, and then I always have my notes to go back to when I wish to refresh my memory.
    I also prefer to write letters to friends and family by hand; a lost art in today’s world of technology.
    Handwriting notes for work and projects do help me to remember them more than keeping notes on a computer, but I have to keep my notes organized in one journal because a bunch of sticky notes tend to become ‘forgotten’ and useless.

  65. HK -  June 7, 2011 - 10:53 am

    I wonder what the longterm consequences will be with the digital generation who does not understand the value of pen and paper, not just for its memory enhancement but also for the additional concentration and depth in thought required, given that there is no delete button to fall back on.

  66. X Ash X -  June 7, 2011 - 10:33 am

    I agree with ‘Wordy Girl’, I much prefer a computer because it’s so easy to remove mistakes….I’ve made about 20 in this alone!! lol…..and does anybody think of ‘lol’ looking like a drowning man??

  67. ERIKA D. -  June 7, 2011 - 10:16 am

    I totally agree that hand writting is much more effective when it comes to remembering stuff. =)

  68. Audra -  June 7, 2011 - 9:32 am

    “Graphology” isn’t derived from “logos” at all! Shame on dictionary.com for making such a mistake. Think about it- radiology, oncology, biology… the “ology” means ‘study or knowledge of’. Thus, graphology does mean “study of writing” and not “word writing” which is kind of redundant.

  69. Manny -  June 7, 2011 - 8:20 am

    The fact that seems to prevail nowadays is that our societies are becoming more and more impersonal. We prefer text on our cell phones to handwrite. That´s ok, if you have in mind the speed of the mail service, but wouldn´t it be great we just could try it once in while, just to say ´hello, I hope you are well?´ Try on being more personal. That´s all.

  70. JJ Rousseau -  June 7, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Handwrite — Retype — Rewrite — Insight. Roof, Oui?

  71. Jaz Per -  June 7, 2011 - 8:08 am

    I actually prefer to handwrite notes especially for school, because it allows me to memorize the contents while im writing them down….typing up stuff doesn’t really allow the things to stick in my head for some reason..

  72. Wordy Girl -  June 7, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Me, personally, I don’t think that a keyboard and a digital screen will ever really replace a pen and paper. For one, a iPad and a laptop can always run out of power. And their data can always be scrambled by a virus. Then again, a paper written in pen and paper can always be dropped in a puddle and turned into a big smear of ink. And, unfortunately, a pen can always run out of ink….

    It’s the user’s preference.

  73. nomzamo kongola -  June 7, 2011 - 6:10 am

    i dont know if i am old fashioned or not but ever since i have been in highschool wen studying i wud always write things down so i cud remember them and it has worked for me. i dont feel that the digital gadgets we use today help us remeber because we dont put any thought to wat we right its just become so automatic coz if u in social network u find that u say the same thing to every person without even thinkin about it.

  74. Shane -  June 7, 2011 - 5:58 am

    Most authors write their stuff longhand with a pen and paper to start; J.K Rowling and Stephen King to name but a few. I find information flows more easily because of the unique feeling of having the weight balance in my hand.It also helps my spelling based on the way words look on a page.

  75. David -  June 7, 2011 - 5:52 am

    This is very sad. Most of the students that I come into contact with not only have horrible penmenship, but most of them are UNABLE to write cursive. There is something wrong when there is so much pressure to “pass a test” that we are failing future generations by abandoning this most basic of skills.

  76. Sir Mike Tallon, PhD -  June 7, 2011 - 5:44 am

    Certain things I’d prefer to type, but there are certain things that HAVE to be written down–particularly notes. It just feels so open and free, you’re not restricted to any shapes or rules or form.

  77. Deanya Lattimore -  June 7, 2011 - 5:36 am

    What sources do you have for this: “Researchers believe that the simple act of constructing the letters and forming words and symbols on paper increases our ability to recall information”?

    What researchers? What studies have been done on this? I personally have been working on this issue for a couple of years and I have not found any studies that support what you say here. I believe it’s true, but what studies have you found?

  78. M. Atif Saleem -  June 7, 2011 - 4:32 am

    Writing itself is a unique experience of memorizing things or ideas. In other words its far more easier to learn by writing than typing or using other digital device.

  79. manideepsai -  June 7, 2011 - 2:11 am

    hand writing does not matter when there is matter in work

  80. Tinai -  June 7, 2011 - 12:45 am

    Perhaps those of us who, as children, had no contact with computers and smartphones will find writing by hand more effective in aiding memory.
    Though I write by hand so much less often now, I think it would still be disappointing to receive a Christmas card or any other kind of greeting card with only computer-printed words to read. A person’s handwriting expresses an intimate connection. It’s like an actual caring physical touch. If the giver handled the card in his or her hands, the proof can be seen in the handwriting. But if it was merely computer-printed, it gives the impression of not actually being handled by the giver – detached and unemotional.

  81. kiralee -  June 6, 2011 - 11:50 pm

    I definitely remember things more if i hand write them. Especially for exams.

  82. Tayo -  June 6, 2011 - 10:25 pm

    I don’t like copying down notes with handwriting. I’ve heard some say that it helps them remember, but when I’m in copy mode, I can’t even pay attention to what my teacher is saying. I always do better with pre-printed notes. Honestly, using both together is important. I myself am very glad for being able to type. It’s much faster, legible, and easy to correct mistakes. Handwriting for other things is helpful in jotting down notes, doing math, and many other things. I doubt handwriting will die out in the digital age.

  83. Z Z Z -  June 6, 2011 - 10:09 pm

    Certainly will survive!!!

  84. Luck in W -  June 6, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Hmm, yes, I still make handwritten notes. The problem is that I seem to make them on odd bits of paper that I have lying around. I’ve tried many times to set up my lists in a notebook, notepad or some other “connected” stack of paper, but these always seem to go “bye-bye.” I can’t seem to make just notes on my computer.

    Maybe some time or other… but I’m not holding my breath.

  85. Andreas -  June 6, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    That is why I love my convertible notebook. I can write and type. Typing is faster, and more efficient but handwriting is more intimate! My handwriting skills have suffered, from so much computer usage!
    Nice article.

  86. CLARK -  June 6, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    @Jesus Christ, do you mean xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  87. Charles McKinney -  June 6, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    As someone who enjoys sending and receiving postcards (with the whole pen pal exchange), I think handwriting dexterity is as necessary as keyboarding savvy. Why not master both? I always thought it would be cool to be ambidexterous and it’s something that I tried to attain at one time, but I did not persevere in my efforts. Actually, as an ESL teacher in South Korea, I am thinking about teaching my students cursive. I think they would benefit greatly from learning this nearly obsolete form of penmanship. I delight in studying foreign languages and handwriting is essential for such an endeavor because people normally learn to handwrite foreign letters and words before they can type them. Handwriting certainly has its perks and requires a certain amount of knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to execute it successfully.

  88. ♥ Me Or ♥ Me Not -  June 6, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Personally, I like handwriting and cursive and all that jazz but it really tires me out after a while. So I have to say typing wins.

  89. Carl -  June 6, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    1-What would happen if we *gasp!* couldn’t access a computer and had to actually handwrite something?
    2-What would happen if mankind gradually stopped writing by hand entirely, and someone discovered handwritten (in cursive, probably) historical documents – who would be able to read them by then?
    3-Putting your notes on a PC is not actually safe, considering your PC could crash at any time (Murphy’s Law, you know) and you could lose everything you typed. Paper has a better chance of surviving – if you really need to protect something important, stick it in a fireproof box, eh?

  90. Christine -  June 6, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    When I was in graduate school, working on my M.Ed. and teacher certification, I wrote a paper on reading an actual book (that you hold in your hand) vs. reading on an eReader. When reading a paper book, you can actually connect with the written word and story better than you can when reading an eBook. That’s because you are physically connected to that book by holding it, feeling the paper in your hands, and smelling the “scent” of that book. It actually allows you to make a memory of reading that book, and therefore, the material in it, making it easier to recall plot, character traits, etc. This aids in comprehension.

    From a young age, my brother and I were taken to the library on a weekly basis. We would walk through the library, choosing books by holding them in our hands, flipping through them, and reading a few of their pages. To this day, I still love the sight of books lined up on shelves and the smell of the library. Because of that, I was able to make a life-long connection to reading, which has helped me in all aspects of my academic career and life. I still love to visit the library and pick out books to read!

    As a sixth grade literacy teacher, I can tell you that the students of today are totally missing out on this. Because they don’t read actual books, their vocabulary, spelling, writing, and comprehension skills are seriously lacking. I can’t tell you how many times I have read things written by students that are simply incomprehensible, and illegible. The technology of today is making them lazier and lazier, as the years go on, making my job harder and harder. They think spell check catches every error, and honestly wouldn’t know if it didn’t anyway. It’s really sad, but it is leading to the total collapse of American society and the dumbing down of our citizens. If you don’t use it, you lose it!

    I make it a point to make my students use handwriting, which both the students and parents sometimes have a problem with, but I feel it’s important. There was actually a study done that found that students who printed on standardized tests performed much lower than those that used cursive handwriting. It has to do with the connection between the pencil and paper, and the ability to write more, faster. It is true that more and more state curriculum writers are taking cursive handwriting out of the standards, and many people now believe that it is obsolete, due to computers, etc. They argue that students will never use it however, they will need to know how to sign their names, won’t they?

    The printing quality of the students is so atrocious these days, that you can’t even read most of it anyway. This is due to the constant use of computers. Why teach the students a skill like handwriting, and then not require them to use it? It makes no sense. And, don’t even get me started on texting! Let’s just say that hings like UR are making their way into student essays, which is very alarming. They actually think that such terms are part of our language!

    I, for one, belive that it is much more personal to hand write a note on paper than to send an e-mail, text, etc. That is another thing that students of today are lacking, personal contact. They don’t know how to talk with others, or build relationships, when face-to-face with people. I hate to think what they will be like in job interviews! Bottom line? Keep it, keep it, keep it! I will definitely keep requiring my students to use it, like it or not! Maybe someday they’ll realize its value and importance.

  91. Jesus Christ -  June 6, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    I’m all about handwriting, but only with crucifixes.

  92. dennis -  June 6, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    i didnt finish this article but what im getting is the beginning part is about the past and the title of this article is how you survive the digital era. is it in chronological order or was the guy just some old historian that didnt have any way to fit his knowledge of history into a conversation so he put it into an introduction. i reade the first 3 lines and understood the concept of not continuing to read.

  93. Clara -  June 6, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    To “Jane Smith”:
    I prefer handwriting…and I’m not OLD. I’m a freshman in high school. Rethink your comments before you sling insults, seriously.
    Honestly, I’m a little freaked out. Who wants to live in an age where everything is so impersonal? Not only are we losing handwriting, but other things…handwriting definitely helps me remember more. It’d not that my penmanship is amazing, in fact it’s awful at times, but I think that’s better than losing the personal aspect of handwriting…as well as replacing yet another task in life with our digital things. Also, I believe that very few people would write the way they text or type…for example, all the text-speak, terrible spelling, and elimination of vowels are probably less likely to be found on a handwritten page than in something typed. Keep handwriting alive!

  94. Liz -  June 6, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    It really depends who you are….

    I personally don’t mind taking hand-written notes in class, but I can write pretty fast. Even when I write REALLY fast, my handwriting is still legible. I haven’t used cursive since like the 3rd grade other than to sign anything. It’s just pretty pointless if you ask me since it can get far too sloppy, and it makes me a slower note-taker in class.

    I’m finishing my junior year of high school on Thursday, and haven’t really typed any notes. Yeah, I might type a review going off a study guide/review sheet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything written by hand either. Though I have photographic memory, and can memorize nearly anything — on a computer screen, white board, or on paper — I still think that doing things by hand serves the best purpose in the long run.

  95. Jumman Surender -  June 6, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    The “Pleasure” and “Intensity” that comes with letters when somebody write something can never be replaced by “Digital Era”. Human’s will take quite a long time to get used to this new ushering era until they can ensure laptop or personal computer or I-Pad to every one as cheap, available, effective and above all “Green and sustainable energy” to run them as a sheet of “Paper”. We should strive for this goal if we need to bring this “Fantasy” to “Reality”. May human’s learn to give up “fighting for petty and short sighted goal” and work in co-operation to achieve the highest possible standard for millions of human’s on our planet that we call, “The Mother Earth”.

  96. Delaney!!!!!!!!!!!! -  June 6, 2011 - 3:06 pm

    I always type on my computer. I even do my handwritten homework on it!!!! Does that worsen my ability? AHHHHHHH

  97. Cheryl -  June 6, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    I am horrified that our children are no longer taught to write in cursive or to read it fluently. If this turns out to be an incredibly bad choice by our educational system, a whole generation of our children will be illiterate when it comes to reading any handwriting. Just think of a world where one’s son or daughter has to go to an expert to read Mom ‘s letter! And if the sentimental aspect has no appeal, then think of this. A generation that can’t read a note handed to him or her by the boss. It is very misinformed to think that children have no need to be able to read and write in cursive anymore.

  98. Michelle Baker -  June 6, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    My handwriting is terrible! But I hand write everything, even my 300 page dissertation. Because writing by hand forces me to slow down, think carefully about my word choices, and structure my sentences in a way that makes sense. And the final product is well worth it.

    If you’re writing something that matters to you or someone else, take the time to craft it with care. That may very well mean working in a variety of different mediums, including pen and paper.

  99. Wrasfish -  June 6, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    I, for one, remember The Elements of Style. Or, if you prefer to laugh while studying the same material, I recommend Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

    Right now, I am proofreading referendum petitions, and I have concluded that people stopped learning to write legibly about fifty years ago. We can’t blame computers for that. (And, while everyone can spell Tuscarawas County correctly, I have found a dozen different spellings of Lucas County. Lucus, Lacus, Locas, Luca, Luckas…)

    Did anyone notice that the top dozen finalists in the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee all had Indian names? Hmmm…

  100. X Ash X -  June 6, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    …replace the ‘meaning once….’ to ‘so once….’
    soz x

  101. Scott -  June 6, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    I keep three separate notebooks that I carry around with me on a daily basis to help organize my thoughts. Since I started doing this, I find that I can recall things a lot quicker, and can even “see” the writing in my head when trying to do so. Typing something and seeing it on a computer screen doesn’t seem to produce the same results.

  102. X Ash X -  June 6, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    I don’t handwrite much anymore, hence why I have such horrible handwriting, but I much prefer writing, (strange much?). I enjoy writing stories, but on Microsoft Word first- merely because I can edit the text a lot more easily- but afterwards, I almost always write them down. Unlike the majority of people on this blog, I am partly a Visual learner (I am mostly Kinesthetic and only a tiny bit Auditory but, Hey-ho), meaning once I lay eyes on a piece of text and read it thoroughly, I do remember most of it…I think that’s because I read a lot. I also consistently use social networking sites, chat, text etc. The reason I don’t like writing is because after about three minutes, I get a really bad hand cramps…incredibly annoying…The reason I don’t particularly like computers is because after about 1/2 and hour-1 hour, my eyes feel like they will explode…not nice… Also, I love using abbreviations in my daily life e.g. DIY, FYI, BTW, LOL, LOLAGE etc.

  103. R. Ziegler -  June 6, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Way back, when I was in school at the start of the digital age, I thought it was ideal to take notes by hand and type them up while still fresh. That way you do both, and the “digital age” is, after all, a tool for us to use. Why, it’s just like a hammer : D. I think writing takes longer (I now sometimes loose my train of thought in such a slow process – yes, I know, reread) and I know I’ve read some where, in order to move from short term memory to long term memory (actually remembering something) one has to be engaged with the info. for 10 to 12 seconds. I think hand writing does this for us, and typing does not, at least not as well (I do still remember some things I type, but I am not that fast a typist. Hand writing may also engage more of our brain than does typing. Similar differences in TV watching vs reading, and work out machines vs free weights. The latter engages us more and on different levels.

  104. Tofy -  June 6, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    I wish I could write on paper more often! Typing and texting seem so artificial and lacking attitude and identity. If the context i’m in still allowed hand-written assignments, I would be a much happier person… It’s just the vibration of friction that we share with our ancestors and the fact that we’re conveying our ideas in our own unique way that makes the written word so spectacular compared to the clone-like words you see here…

  105. josh -  June 6, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    I took notes in college and it impoved my memory of the concept and details.

    Now when I interview people I take my notes with a compuer – I remember very little of what I wrote, but is organized and readable.

    Thanks for the note on doning a daily log.

  106. Zamono -  June 6, 2011 - 11:49 am

    Handwritten notes inherently carry not only a tone with the meaning of the words but many times the emotion behind the message. You can add a scent to a handwritten missive that entices the receiver; try that with a digital note. I have used it to take notes during lectures before the digital age and still do today as I also had to be able to take notes of very specific information and develop plans and orders without the benefit of digital devices both before and after the miniturization of personal digital devices.

    Having the foundation and experience with both allows me to be more flexible and adaptable in adroitly solving communications issues. When I taught school between professions handwriting in cursive was equal to writing in code as many of todays students appear to lack the ability to read and write in cursive. Those who posted a comment about better spelling with digital writing need to remember two things: first is if they do not use spell check it didn’t help (some correct or detect as you type are not all that good) and the second is that spell check is not thought check. If the person does not know that the word appeared correct by spell check may in fact not be the word they meant to use. Not only the simple “NO” for “KNOW” and “Eight” for “ATE” but “Comprehend” for “Apprehend” and I had a student once handwrite a note to his girlfriend relating something about he knows he treats her like a “hoe” (a common garden implement) when he meant like a prostitute. Of course he didn’t use the correct form of the word know either but in his case I don’t think spell check was going to help him as well as many others as you have to own a certain foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities before you can communicate clearly on a consistent basis.

  107. sm -  June 6, 2011 - 11:15 am

    My son joined the National Guard Army last year. While he was at Boot Camp, the only communication allowed between him, his family and friends was through “hand written” letters. Before he left for training, I requested he send me at least three letters (span them over the time he was to be there) while he was gone to help ease my worry for his welfare. He was never one for writing in all his years growing up. He did so much better. I actually received nine letters from him. In one, he asked for more stamps. He was writing to his girlfriend, brother, grand parents and a few friends. Turns out sending and receiving letters meant a great deal to him during that time, as that was the only means of communication with those he knows and loves.

  108. Eagle -  June 6, 2011 - 10:53 am

    One can’t exclude the environmental backing to the movement away from paper. Although electronics, too, can create waste and affect the environment (even though many parts are now recyclable), there is less need to deforest for paper with communication occurring more via computers.

    In my own practice, I do find handwriting to have a more intimate connection with conveying the words themselves. Memory also seems to be enhanced. I agree with the user “cynthia hartwig” who asserted that handwriting taps more into the heart, whereas type is geared more towards the brain.

    However, I find it hard to completely get away from type itself because of its sheer speed advantage. Writing a paper, for instance, takes significantly less time, and often with better results (e.g., I can perform edits at a higher frequency, especially as I go). Papers are generally informative and objective, and writing “from the heart” (so to speak) isn’t necessarily what a student has in mind when trying to get a good grade.

    As for the cursive vs. print deal, I feel that both have equal merit in creating the more personal connection through handwriting. Cursive can certainly “flow” more, but if one feels more closely to their personal representation of the words with print instead of cursive, who’s to say they’re wrong. Although handwriting inevitably becomes a slower process once an individual hones their typing skills enough, both, in the end, have their pros and cons.

  109. Diana -  June 6, 2011 - 10:53 am

    For me, handwriting is more efficient than typing on a computer because I actually pay attention to what I’m writing and I memorise things easily, though there are times when I don’t want to. So yes, handwriting really helps me to think while I’m writing, not just copy-pasting.

  110. Coskun Toktamis -  June 6, 2011 - 10:42 am

    No , despite the progressive of technology,I still use hand-writing always.It looks smarter,it has quality…and it is me….!!!

  111. Sophie -  June 6, 2011 - 9:32 am

    I’ve always thought I remember things better when I write them down…

  112. chloeee -  June 6, 2011 - 9:08 am

    yahh definitly handwriting! but my hand gets tired and then i just want to type it. they should let us type our essays in exams! i get hand cramps :3

  113. C Jones -  June 6, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Most of us can surmise that handwritten messaging is diminishing as time passes. The grammar errors, even on this blog, only indicates the lack of the use of correct English…we write how we speak. So our concern should not just be focused on the instrument we use (pen or keyboard) we need to be concerned about the proper use of the English language. Who remembers, “The Element of Style” by Wm. Strunk Jr & E.B. White? Wake up America.

  114. Grammar Nazi -  June 6, 2011 - 8:17 am

    I love handwriting. My mom made me do it as a part of my homework every single day for seven years, and today? I have -much- better handwriting than the majority of my peers – print *or* cursive. Heck, all my notes from the past school year are in cursive! Like some other posters have said, there’s nothing to beat the thrill of a handwritten letter in the mail. I have kept a hard-copy journal for the past six years, and it’s fascinating to see how my handwriting has transitioned from sloppy-but-legible print to so-neat-it’s-nearly-illegible cursive.
    Now, before anyone thinks I’m bashing typing: I’m not. I complete most of my school assignments on the computer; I chat with a lot of friends via typing; I do most of my creative writing textually instead of hand-written. When I write something that’s a work in progress, like an essay or novel, that I’m going to want to go back and edit later, that’s always done on the computer. It’s so much easier to shuffle entire scenes around digitally than on paper.

  115. Billy -  June 6, 2011 - 7:45 am

    Writing and typing are not mutually exclusive, so there doesn’t seem to be any cause for arguments. As some have commented above, the medium to be used depends on the circumstances. In any case, does technological progression mean we lose what we once treasure? Looking forward to my friend’s mail…snail mail :)

  116. collins -  June 6, 2011 - 7:40 am

    idk take notes so it wont matter

  117. Luigi -  June 6, 2011 - 7:33 am

    I have to agree, I have used electronic devices but nothing is better than writing things down. I remember more things when I write them by hand and I never have to worry about the battery running out!

  118. Gary -  June 6, 2011 - 7:28 am

    Well, I guess the Careless, the Unconcerned, and the Defiant (those with the attitude:”I wrote it – now you figure out what I just said.”)will be happy at the prospect of the dissolution of the written word. But with the loss of the written word will also come the loss of proper capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure. Read some of these posts. There is absolutely no sense of pride in these writings; no attempt to be grammatically correct. So, of course, the Losers and the Lazy would welcome more and more people joining them at the lowest levels of communication. It’s referred to as the Dumbing Down of America, and too many people are embracing it.

  119. the pen is mightier than the sword -  June 6, 2011 - 7:26 am

    my school uses laptops, and it stinks! i mean, im the ONLY one in my class that uses script, everyone else just prints. there’s this girl in my class that’s proud of being able to type fast on the laptop! will the year of pens and pencils end and the era of tablets and laptops begin? will children trade flashes instead of pencils? shall life merily be nothing but eating and playing? will knowledge be injected in our brains instead of our ears? will action figures play for you instead of with you? if this truely happens, then whats the point of living? really, i prefer the “old school” ways. AND I MEAN IT!

  120. Mark -  June 6, 2011 - 7:19 am

    To some degree, these articles are very silly. They always present an either/or proposition. The answer is simply that it depends.

    Personal notes and letters should generally be hand written. It shows a more human, personal touch. Notes can be both or either. There is a huge advantage in being able to backup, sort, search and encrypt electronic notes. There are also many tools now that let you have the advantages of handwriting, with the benefits of electronic storage. There are iPad/tablet applications that let you write in your handwriting and store on the device or services like Evernote that let you search and sort the notes. There are electronic pens that let you write on paper but record what you are writing to save the images to computer. Some even record audio at the same time and link the portions of audio to your notes.

    As a software engineer, I work all day on a computer. I also have to work remotely at times. By keeping my notes electronic, I have access to all of them no matter where I log in. If I kept things on paper and didn’t have my notebook, it would be big disadvantage. But I like to keep a paper notebook for meetings. It’s easy to quickly take notes, create drawings/mindmaps etc. I may try an iPad with a handwriting program as long as it lets me take freeform notes. As someone else mentioned though, electronic formats change. We can look through the notes of DaVinci but some of the work done by scientists in the 1970′s on 8 inch floppy disks has already been lost.

  121. Person -  June 6, 2011 - 7:15 am

    Only because you spend more time thinking about what you are doing, one is more able to remember what they have done. The action of quickly jotting down notes does not help. Shorthand and typing are widely used just to cut down on the time and allow the paper and computer retain the information, not the brain. Sadly to say handwriting will become scarce as time passes, but it will unlikely be before the end of your lifetime.

  122. Asareere -  June 6, 2011 - 7:08 am

    Everything which is done different to regular routine has deep impressions in our memory, sometimes via pictorical memory.
    Writing and paintings needs some unique concentration tobe given while drafting them. This time spent on concentration is variably very less compated to digital mediums.
    Thus increasing the change of remembering them compared to digital informations.

  123. parisguru -  June 6, 2011 - 6:57 am

    I must must say that I enjoy writting notes than the digital input & I believe that written forms of notes & remiders engrave well in mind than it’s digital form. Works for me best.

  124. jeanne -  June 6, 2011 - 6:53 am

    I use both. However, I only remember word-for-word what I hand write. It’s like a magical way of memorizing information. But when I type, I don’t recall what I’ve written. Perhaps, that’s because we type much faster than we write. Not sure. But I’ll swear by it!

  125. shivambika -  June 6, 2011 - 6:17 am

    A well said, simple..but strong truth! nothin yet to beat the handwritten notes. I vouch!! esp., business discussions and clarifications, personal coaching and mentoring, everyday’s task list :>

  126. CW -  June 6, 2011 - 6:16 am

    Handwriting is diminishing in use as much as snail mail. I think its helpful to the creative process. There was a time I would wonder how someone could write an intimate story or an examination answer by typing it. Now its the other way around. I would certainly welcome the art of writing notes and expressions of appreciation to popularity. I often wonder how entire documents and books were ever handwritten by quill and ink.

  127. Sérgio Soares Vianna -  June 6, 2011 - 6:16 am

    I take notes with pen because my generation had to write a lot because we hadnt IT facilities in the past ! I use the mind map technics for help me memorize what I wrote in the paper ! I never will stop to practice de handwriter !

  128. Foxtrot -  June 6, 2011 - 5:53 am

    A lot of people in Year 12 use laptops in my school, enabling everyone to share their classnotes so much more quickly and easily. However, I find that when I type something I find it harder to remember. As a result, all of my painstakingly written classnotes have been re-written at least twice, as the simple act of writing something down helps me to remember it so much better than if I were to simply read. I don’t ‘look over’ my notes, only re-write.

  129. troll4life -  June 6, 2011 - 4:42 am

    computer 4 life.

    it is obvious that we will enter the 22nd century with i12 intel chips in our brains.

  130. Daphne -  June 6, 2011 - 1:23 am

    My Professor once mentioned about Kinesthetic learning which I think handwritten notes work best for such learners.

  131. L. Craig Schoonmaker -  June 6, 2011 - 1:07 am

    Just a note to say that I greatly enjoy this blog, but wish you would PROOFREAD it. There is no excuse for things like >>the “personal” quality of a handwritten indisputably conveys a different type of information<<. If you don't see that there's a word missing in that quote, go back and find the problem. Many people CANNOT proof their own text, because they see what they MEANT, not what they actually WROTE. You need a minimum of three people to read every blogpost before it goes up.
    As for the claim that some school districts don't teach cursive handwriting anymore, I find that extremely hard to believe. Are there really educators so moronic?
    In regard to increasing memory, any two or more processes will be superior to any one. For instance, if you are about to go into another room to do something you just thought of, you are much more likely to remember, once you get there, why you went there, if you say it aloud, e.g., "Got to get my camera". Then you have both the original thought AND the memory of having said it aloud AND the memory of what you heard when you said something aloud. Thus, adding a tactile element to the visual will of course help with remembering something. But whether the brain can remember keystrokes or only handwriting movements is something I for one am unwilling to bet on.

  132. Ligia M -  June 6, 2011 - 12:20 am

    I write often stories by hand, and actually adore using a pen. After I’ve finished them, I copy them on my PC to ensure they’ll remain safe. This is, basically the reason why I write on PC, for safety. Also, to subscribe to contests, and to interact with others and let them know what I’ve written. It’s more convenient to convey information in this way, rather than to print my texts on paper.

  133. Carlitos -  June 5, 2011 - 11:22 pm

    Perhaps writing with pen is considered an aid to memory because we’re still taught to write first; to type second. This would suggest a shorter “bridge” from creating to recording.

    However, as kids will eventually learn to type before they learn to write, the shorter bridge will then be typing. This will come as second nature, therefore the memory aid will come with it as opposed to with writing it out.

    There will be a story in the future, though, about when everyone forgets to write, or even type, because there was no longer a need. Until some unforeseen calamity or misfortune. And then we’ll be back in the cold and dark because the machines that we made to do things for us stopped working and no one could remember how to make them work. Or, those machines will enslave or annihilate us as we were impediments to their progress…

  134. Winter Harmony -  June 5, 2011 - 11:06 pm

    I love writing! And it will always survive for me. When taking notes in a meeting, I prefer to type because it’s faster to record but for personal study… Writing by pen is far more beneficial.

  135. A-Jay Leno -  June 5, 2011 - 10:55 pm


  136. A-Jay Leno -  June 5, 2011 - 10:55 pm

    it is kind of sad… people are actually starting to say “goodbye” to parer, now that we have e-readers (Like me, I have a Nook Color), tablets, and even digital notepads?? Yes, I do have a tablet of my own, but I’m still commited to folding page-corners and finding booger smears all over the 42nd page.

  137. Book Beater -  June 5, 2011 - 9:46 pm

    Use the translator in your mouse or whatever dude. Or would you prefer comments like Wojciech?
    @ Wojciech
    I sincerely hope English isn’t your primary language.

  138. Amit -  June 5, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    @ Nitya – computers don’t help you to improve your messy handwriting or poor spelling skill – it only does, when you write more and more by hand.

    @ others, who think it in the line of computers vs. handwritten notes – I don’t think, that this is correct way to look at it. We can’t do away with PCs in this era, but cursive writing not being taught in schools – to my mind – here the students lack the sense of our history and culture, how far diverse they might be.

  139. Judy Evans -  June 5, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    I had beautiful handwriting until college. I began to write in all types of creative shorthand to take notes quickly- my handwriting went to pot. Now handwriting is extremely cumbersome for me. Often I cannot even read my own handwriting. It is so frustrating. I keep all to-do notes on the computer. I even type out thank you notes to my staff members- embarrassing. I truly wish I would get back what I have lost and I’m afraid I never will. There is something personal about handwriting that tying never conveys.

  140. Andi -  June 5, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    I always took notes in class, and our teacher had us write out our papers before we typed it up. Also did you know they don’t teach cursive in some schools? I’ve heard that people who write in cursive are supposedly smarter. Yet, I hardly know anyone who actually uses it. In class people would ask that the people in our groups didn’t write in cursive because they had a hard time reading it.

  141. Silver Ink -  June 5, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    I prefer using the computer to type formal school papers or long things (stories, NaNoWriMo). But I adore sticky notes and I always keep a notebook (not the laptop kind) with me to take random notes or jot down story ideas.

  142. Jane Smith -  June 5, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    Ha. At all of you who said that handwriting is better, you guys are so OLD. OLD. OLD. Maybe in 100 years or so, anyone who handwrites will be laughed at maybe in the future. Hope that day comes soon.

  143. AKEQUE -  June 5, 2011 - 7:30 pm

    take that back, kristan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! D-:< I write alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  144. George K -  June 5, 2011 - 7:23 pm

    I always need to give myself notes. I note my notes down with whatever i have near me. I like writing them out, but that sometimes get messy or its hard to find the paper. digitally, my notes are more organized

  145. Arcanis -  June 5, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    please don’t comment in a different language, i can’t read it

  146. Deb -  June 5, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    I am about to become a middle school teacher – career change in mid 40s – and probably less than 10% of the students I’ve been around – both in college and in middle school classrooms – use cursive writing. They print or type only and many can’t even read cursive. Apparently they teach our kids to write in second-third grade and then never require them to use it, so most kids go back to printing and lose their ability to use handwriting and even the ability to read it! I always remember things better if I hand write it. As a teacher, I hope to find time to get in a little handwriting lesson now and then!

  147. Arcanis -  June 5, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    I win

    because i favor writing over texting

  148. Alex -  June 5, 2011 - 5:44 pm

    I take all my class notes on my HP reversible-tablet. The advantages of both. Can draw pictures or diagrams and best part is my handwriting is searchable! 3 years of college notes, type plato and see anything I ever wrote about him.

  149. cynthia hartwig -  June 5, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    Obviously, with a name like “Two Pens” I write by hand. I find that I can go directly to the heart with the pen, while the computer takes me to my brain. In fiction, the heart is the revelation, the source, the big vein you want to tap. The brain gets exercised later in my process, in editing, thinking through what I want to say, reworking sentences for lyricism, etc. That’s why my partner Emily Warn and I chose the tagline for our business teaching business writing and social media content “Writing from both sides of the brain.” Handwriting is central, in my opinion.

  150. Cyberquill -  June 5, 2011 - 5:35 pm

    Same difference. I use my hands even when I type.

  151. Earl -  June 5, 2011 - 5:34 pm

    I find that typing words has as much impact.

  152. Maya -  June 5, 2011 - 5:24 pm

    I’m glad I have my computer for typing school assignments, taking notes, and quickly communicating with friends, however I remember things better when I handwrite them.
    I was just contemplating the typing vs. handwriting issue earlier when I was writing thank you notes to my close friends. I’m definitely going with handwriting because it’s so much more personal. And they’ll know I didn’t copy & paste the messages I write them ;)

  153. Zoraide -  June 5, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Will handwriting survive in the digital era?
    Si. Porque el placer de pasar un lápiz, pincel, pluma o fibra por un papel no se sustituye apretando una tecla (que tiene su gracia, eh?)
    Pero deslizar la mano y sentir la huella…el trazo…aaahhhhh…

  154. Nitya -  June 5, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    The digital age has been a boon for people with messy writing and poor spelling skills. I think the two methods of written communication will be with us for sometime yet, however.

  155. Lauren -  June 5, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    I do find myself writing less by hand (unfortunately). I still keep a physical journal, though, and probably will for the rest of my life, but I type most of my notes and poetry into Yahoo! Notepad. It’s incredibly easier to edit text if it’s in a digital format. Still, typing lacks something. I’m always grateful after I have been inspired to write a piece of flash fiction or a poem by hand.

  156. April -  June 5, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    I’ve never used a computer to take notes or write. Some teachers at school think we should; they want innovation. I’ve always prefered the classic pen-and-paper technique because its quicker, whereas using computers, you have to turn them on, wait for them to load, and in an unfortunate event, you might accidentally delete a file. Computers don’t last forever. I consider writing a passion, and the simple act calms me; it makes me feel more human.

  157. Ray Shell -  June 5, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    OK I am really scared right now. Please let us know if typing has a benefit to our bodies because I now type a lot of my homework since its more progressive and less tiring. This makes me keep my mind fresh for knowing what I am doing, not caring about my messy handwriting or getting tired and erasing.

    My mom says that handwriting makes people remember stuff more but I wasn’t sure because there are a bunch of myths floating around oour environment.

    For me, typing hasn’t affected my work.

    I think I can make more progress and mostly gets things right on the test by typing.

    ???Please research if typing has the same benefits. !!!!!!!!!! :O :O :O

  158. Mark Leatham -  June 5, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    I like writing on paper, but i also like to write on the computer.
    Its fun to write in a journal. It can be fun to write on computers.
    Let us not forget the hand writen letter. There is still something to be siad about the hand writen letter.

  159. Wojciech -  June 5, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    One day I saw a movie (as far as I remember it was a children movie “Over the hedge” I guess) where someone (or something if you like ;-)) described mankind that they gradually loose their ability of running… Since then I started jogging on regular baces! Sometime ago I also noticed, that using a computer and texting messagess by my sell phone made me forgot how to write easly with a pen. Since then I started exercising and improwing my handwritting and even tryed calligraphy! ;-)

  160. Dictionary -  June 5, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    Being the first to comment, I wanted to just state quickly that I was annoyed by the lack of unity and fluent quality that this could have been, because the subject of handwriting is a very rich one.
    However, I appreciate that you mentioned that handwriting still exists today, and I would say in response to your question, that, yes, writing things down versus typing helps me remember things a lot better than typing them, and besides, you not always near a computer when your best ideas come.

  161. Sean Gilluly -  June 5, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    For me it seems easier to memorize things when i take notes by hand. I have a notepad on my Ipod Touch but taking notes on that isn’t as effective for memorization. Whenever i leave something on my ipod, i always have to go back and open up the note. But it tends to be easier to memorize something when its on paper.

  162. A. Decker -  June 5, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    I noticed, a long time ago, that if I make a handwritten note of something I want to be sure to remember, I never have to look at the note again; I just remember it. I forget Notepad notes all the time.

  163. Kristin -  June 5, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    I havent written a word in a year. I dont even remember how to do it any more! We dont need to know how to do it, it is a waste of time.

    jk kristin

  164. Rebecca -  June 5, 2011 - 1:51 pm

    I find that I’m using technology more and more often to take notes at school or create to do lists. I thought that this was helping me remember but, in fact, I’ve found that writing things out by hand really helps me remember things. When I study for tests at school, I always re-write my notes. It keeps the information fresh in my mind.

  165. mio -  June 5, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Handwriting does suffer today because of the many digital tools accessible today. And as a result, people will/do suffer. I believe the simplicity of the digital era directly affects our lack of long term memory. This then causes repeated discussions, sometimes with different results. Very frustrating for a handwriting note taker like myself. But most people are so jazzed at the simplicity of digital media that they don’t realize the negative results. I wonder how much is “new” information in this mass information age, and how much us just what’s been forgotten. I’m just as guilty as an avid fan of wikipedia. ;-) In the end, it will be the scholars that will recognize the benefits of handwriting, just like learning latin does. And the rest of us will be amazed by their knowledge and abilities, when all they did was keep it old school and exercised their brains by using these old methods. Good luck to us! Also consider how writing how degenerated in the past 2 decades. There isn’t as much concern to make your best effort the 1st time since you can go back and change it indefinitely. Always in draft mode. Cavemen didn’t have that problem.

  166. M. Forrest -  June 5, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    No. Emphatically NO.
    There is real power not only in actually writing by hand what you have heard/seen/want to remember, and that conveys to the person who may receive same handwritten missive from you.
    People remember better what is held in their hand and read (it can even be typed) much better than they remember information from emails and other electronic means of messaging.
    Plus there is nothing in the world like getting a piece of mail directed to you, opening it, reading and re-reading it…holding it in your hand. (Nobody out there get smart and start in on how many ‘bills’ come with your name on them…I mean receiving personal mail.)
    There is, as I said above, p-o-w-e-r in the written message, and you can feel it…be it love, loss, anger…emotions come through the handwritten word. Emotions that are barely felt in other forms of communication.
    So…other than having typed this…I wish you all happy letters and NO imprinted Christmas cards.

  167. lilliana -  June 5, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Hey I’m writing on a computer now. oh irony…

  168. Eva Hargrave -  June 5, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    I don’t use handwriting near as much as I once did. However, I love to look at different people’s handwriting. I believe handwriting itself brings out creativity in people. Keep cursive writing in schools. Kids need their imagination challenged in every way possible with all the insane cartoons and crap they are fed each day via TV and movies.

  169. ♥ran♥ -  June 5, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    I preffer handwriting rather than typing..it seems to me that typing are for lazy people.. copying notes by hands also helps me memorize things easier..

  170. Sarah -  June 5, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    I love to actually write on paper with a real pen. I even went so far as to attempt NaNoWriMo last year (50,000 words in 30 days) by hand when most people were doing it via computer.

  171. JJ Rousseau -  June 5, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Oui, the subtle Paws or Dash reveals the depth of the Bark on which the original papyrus was produced. Roof.

  172. Your Father -  June 5, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    i don’t take notes :)


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