Many of us have lost skills that were commonplace not long ago: knowing how to make our own soap, milk a cow, weave cloth, etc. With cursive no longer being taught in many schools, it seems handwriting could soon be one of those antiquated skills that most people don’t practice in their everyday lives.
There are plenty of post-apocolyptic scenarios where lost skills like cow-milking would come in handy. As for handwriting, it looks like a comeback might be needed sooner rather than later.
In this recent article, the author discusses reasons why handwriting may turn out to be useful for children to learn after all. One main point is new technology that allows the user to write on any surface and load that information directly to their digital device. Beyond the sheer convenience, this may be a useful security measure against identity theft.
And to be completely honest, with more and more large-scale online security issues happening (like this one today and others), I can’t help wondering if at some point people will revert back to pen-and-paper for our communications.
Last week I wrote about how writing by hand (especially as opposed to typing on a keyboard) accelerates learning. With all the benefits to our brains, not to mention our personal security, I hope handwriting doesn’t become a lost skill in the future!
Do you think handwriting into digital devices is useful on a large scale? Or do you think typing on a keypad is more convenient?