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Are Smartphones and Computers Ruining Our Handwriting?

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When I was younger, I fancied myself a bit of an artist. I actually taught myself Calligraphy and would spend a great deal of time practicing my handwriting. Now, at age 36, my handwriting looks worse than my doctor’s. What happened?

It turns out that I’m not the only one concerned about this, and there are those that say technology is to blame.

When I was a kid I didn’t have a computer or a smartphone. If I wanted to write something, I had to get a pen and paper. Now if I want to write something, I fire up Word on my PC, or just simply text someone. My handwriting has fallen out of practice, and I’m not the only one.

An article on CNN quoted a 2012 study found almost a third of people couldn’t read their own writing. Docmail, a UK-based printing and mailing company, concluded that one in three participants had not been required to produce something in handwriting for more than six months.

And we already know that many schools, including ones here in Idaho, are dropping Cursive as a requirement.

Are we spending too much time on our smartphones and PCs and losing the ability to write legibly? The topic is certainly debatable, but I know in my case my handwriting has suffered because of technology.

(via CNN)

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