Should you be handwriting instead of typing?

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Should you be handwriting instead of typing?

“A Pen is certainly an excellent Instrument, to fix a Mans Attention and to inflame his Ambition.” – John Adams

Obviously our second president was not weighing in on the handwriting vs. typing debate. Adams was talking about the benefits of writing, but this is nonetheless a good way to introduce our discussion of the benefits of handwriting instead of typing.

Some suggest that picking up a pen instead of booting up your laptop could make you smarter and help children better recognize and understand letters.

What are the potential benefits of handwriting instead of typing?

An Indiana University study on pre-literate children found that “free-form printing” out letters rather than typing or tracing them contributed to better letter-processing, thus improving letter recognition and understanding in young children who are learning to read and write.

This letter recognition extends to adults as well. A study published in Human Movement Science found that adults learning new characters remembered them better three weeks after training if their training consisted of handwriting the new characters than if their training required typing them.

And your own experience might show you that you remember things more clearly if you have handwritten them. I, for one, know that I remember things better if I handwrite it. In college, I handwrote notes for class and then rewrote them twice over for good measure.

Added bonus if you write instead of type? Fewer distractions. Turn off the laptop, put your phone away, and just write. You might find that you have better ideas if you aren’t constantly switching between Word and your social media channels.

Is handwriting practical?

But can — or will — we really replace typing with handwriting? Probably not. In fact, if you are writing for work or school, your boss or teacher probably prefers you type instead of handwrite reports, memos, or anything.

That isn’t to say there is no practical use for handwriting, though. As I mentioned, I preferred to handwrite my notes in school because I found it led to better retention of the material. And handwriting an outline of a paper or article makes me feel closer and more in-tune with it.

Try it out and see what works for you.

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