A recent article from the BBC asks if we’ll still be writing by hand at all 100 years from now.
“A century from now, our handwriting may only be legible to experts.”
A good question, indeed. I was trying to think of the last time I used “handwriting”. In 2nd grade, when I was taught the skill, we called it “cursive.” A few years later, as teachers would allow, my “cursive” writing gave way to “printed” letters. Now, my signature is little more than a scribble, and when pressed to do so, I admit to having trouble remembering how to form an uppercase “S” or differentiate between a lowercase “z” and “g”.
My desk at work is cluttered with chicken-scratch scribblings on yellow post it notes, but none of these amount to anything more than cheat-sheets or disposable reminders. Even in meetings when note-taking is required, I fire up my laptop and begin typing rather than grab a legal pad.
Perhaps I’m unique in that I spend 12 hours per day behind a keyboard. Spiral notebooks and fine writing utensils won’t be found among my business tools.
What are we losing by moving to a keyboard-based form of text communication? Does it even matter?
I’m interested in what you think, Monkeys. Of course, you will need to type in your response!
-posted by Dugga