I don’t know about you, but I can barely write my name. I’m so accustomed to typing on my laptop and texting on my iPhone that it’s physically challenging for me to put pen to paper.
Will my kids grow up being more at ease with a mouse pad than with a pencil?
I recently wrote about the lost art of spelling and how some schools are questioning whether it’s worth teaching kids spelling in the age of spell check. The same is true of handwriting with some parents argue that learning to type is much more useful in this high-tech age.
But researchers are finding that handwriting is still an essential learning tool, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Using MRIs, researchers can see that writing by hand “helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development,” according to The Journal.
In fact, experts say that handwriting could even be a good cognitive exercise for aging adults — like myself! Maybe it’s time I got back to writing by hand rather than relying on my laptop.
Paradoxically, the iPad and iPhone may be helping to boost interest in penmanship. As an example, the Journal cites a 4-year-old boy who refused to practice handwriting until his mom downloaded a $1.99 app called “abc PocketPhonics.” The program teaches the boy to draw letters with his finger or a stylus.
I’d certainly hate to lose the intimacy and personality that comes from old-fashioned letter writing (by hand). I have fond memories of exchanging handwritten letters with pen pals as a kid. Somehow, e-mails just aren’t as much fun!
Do you ever write by hand?