Happy National Handwriting Day! Thanks to the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, January 23rd is a day to celebrate handwriting. Since 1977, National Handwriting Day has been a day to celebrate and re-explore the purity of handwriting.
There are many studies that show the benefit of handwriting.
One popular noted benefit of handwriting is seen in taking notes. In the age of laptops and tablets, students often decide to take notes on laptops. Typing allows students to take notes quicker than handwriting, which leads you to believe that you’re getting more information in your notes. However, there are some studies that have shown taking notes word for word prevents students from processing information. Think about it, when you’re writing notes by hand, you have to listen and think about what the most important points are in the lecture. While writing notes word for word, all you think about is what the next word will be so that you can type it. Another study shows that for children who have not yet learned to read, learning to write makes reading a little easier.
Aside from all the learning benefits of handwriting, there are other benefits.
Handwriting can be as unique as your voice. It is something that isn’t easily copied, like text or fonts on a computer. Handwriting notes and letters to others shows that time was taken to consider the words that are on the paper.
To celebrate National Handwriting Day, I have written why I appreciate handwriting.
Happy National Handwriting Day!
It makes me really happy to know that there is an entire day dedicated to handwriting. In the age of technology, typing has become the more efficient alternative to handwriting. However, handwritten notes and letters still have something to offer. Written notes offer a more tangible and personal experience than words on a screen or printed ink on paper. Even if your handwriting isn’t great (like mine, for example), writing letters by hand can show the recipient that an effort was made to write the letter.
I will definitely celebrate National Handwriting Day by writing letters to my friends. I hope you will join me!
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