Ever wonder if writing in longhand is obsolete? Many of today’s children and young adults cannot read handwriting. Many schools in the area have eliminated cursive outright, as students use laptops and tablets to record class notes.
An interesting article on handwriting appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, 25 June, 2013. It is written by Andrew Coyne and is titled, “Putting words down on paper: How we write affects what we write.”
In this article he explores the difference between typing and writing in long hand: “You’re using different parts of the brain. Typing is file retrieval, remembering where a letter is. With handwriting, you create the letters anew each time, using much more complex motor skills…..it seems to engage the more intuitive, right-brain aspects of cognition. Tapping into your intuition is a critical part of writing, or indeed of thinking.”
So, have a read,
and then get out your pen and paper and start writing.