Texting and email is hurting handwriting

Handwriting skills have progressively dropped down the loo as technology has increased communication speeds.

Wendy Carlson, a handwriting expert and forensic document examiner said that she has noticed a dramatic downturn in the legibility of handwritten court documents.

And she says that the loss of handwriting skills is coming at the price of a rotting of the mind.

She said that texting was part of the problem because people lost the knack of writing long sentences. People aren’t using their minds and they are relying on technology to make the decisions for them.

Carlson says cursive writing uses mental and physical processes which involve both sides of the brain. But cursive writing decreases as technology becomes the most dominant means of communication.

Typing or texting is just a matter of punching and finger-moving.  You don’t have to do much thinking because you are not allowing your brain to form neural processes, she said.

CNN cited a 2012 study that found 33 percent of people had difficulty reading their own handwriting. Docmail, a UK-based printing and mailing company, found that that one in three participants had not been required to produce something in handwriting for more than half a year.

Updating calendars, phone books and reminder notes was more likely to be completed without using a pen. Finally, more than half of participants said their handwriting was poor.