top of page

HANDWRITING SKILLS - HOW TO PRESERVE IT.

So, is the use of handwriting skills still necessary in our modern world of high technology? This is a question every concerned person will ask regarding the future of handwriting in this world of technological advancement.

Handwriting skills has ever been a complex skill to master. It causes so much frustration and stress that it can affect a person's desire to write.

Meanwhile, writing is of a long history, emanating from around 3000 B.C. As languages and cultures evolved, there was the need for communication. The forms of communication included simple drawings which were called pictographs. Pictographs became established with each culture, being used to represent people, places and things.

Different writing symbols evolved over the years of history and in 1500B.C, the Ancient Phoenician Alphabet was developed. It comprised 22 phonetically based symbols which was extensively used. By the 15th century, the remaining four letters of the alphabet were evolved by the Romans. By the middle of 1700's special schools were established to teach handwriting techniques (known as penmanship). Handwriting skills has been taught and learnt to this day.

Different people see the use of handwriting differently. For some it is purely an art, with their main focus on neatness and accuracy. For others it is a functional tool which allows them to put ideas on paper easily and without effort. So bridging both perceptions, the look and fluency of a script are both important.

Handwriting is very personal, and it speaks a lot about our personality; just as the way we dress and present ourselves. Handwriting scripts differ from one person to the other; being unique individuals.

We also need to bare in mind that a person's handwriting style can change from one script to another as they change in mood or mental condition. This is because handwriting is a physical expression of thoughts and emotions.

Communicating through handwriting helps us to know a bit about the personality of an individual or an impression of that person even if never known before.

Whether it's fortunate or unfortunate, technology is constantly increasing communication speed, and taking the lead in responses before our brains can send signals to our fingers to write our words.

Most of us are being affected with the development of cell phones and tablets; they are so handy and can go everywhere with us. We rarely need to scribble a handwritten note. This trend is becoming so profound that a survey on the use of handwriting in 2012 reported 33% of people having difficulty reading their own handwriting.

Information technology has moved so swiftly and so close to us that one in three participants of the survey had not been required to produce something in handwriting for more than half a year.

Wendy Carlson, a handwriting Expert and forensic document Examiner say that handwriting is declining and it is causing deterioration of the mind. "People aren't using their mind and they are relying on technology to make decision for them," she says. She continued by commenting that," typing or texting is a matter of punching and finger-moving, you are doing very little thinking because you are not allowing your brain to form neural process."

This is a very true fact because handwriting uniquely involves an inclusive coordination of the cognitive, perceptual, linguistic and motor skills of an individual. This helps to reactivate and develop the brain.

Despite the 'invasion' of modern technology, paving the way for computers, cellphones and tablets to take over handwriting, acquiring its skills must be preserved and remained an important part of education.

We still need handwriting skills in signing our signatures as certification for any agreement or statement made. To show our love and good wishes to friends and loved ones we send cards. The best and heartwarming way of expressing our thought to them is by handwriting in the cards we send them.

Handwriting is still the fastest way of jotting down information. All you need is a writing instrument ; being a pen or a pencil (both of which are commonly used) and any flat surface (mostly a paper) to write on. These writing instruments are always handy and will not run out of battery or power.

The use of hand writing in examinations cannot be over-emphasised. It is still the most authentic and reliable way of assessing a person learner's academic ability. This shows how much it is required an individual's education. It is so demanding a skill and has to be taught at the early stages of the learning process.

Computers and tablets can be of immense help to our' traditional' way of being ourselves. This can be possible with the inventions of touch screens and graphic tablets; they use stylus pens and as such will help us to still 'hand-write' and be 'human'.

bottom of page