Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Is Handwriting Worth Saving?

Allow me to paint an image in your mind. You wake up tomorrow and find that you and everyone else around you began to sound the same. Would you be alarmed? If our voices one day were stripped away and replaced with this monotone robotic voice we would all lose a part of our identity. Our syntax, tone, pitch, the way your voice picks up a few notches when you get excited or the way your voice gets soft when you’re scared. It conveys a message that cannot be replaced.

Now allow me to paint a different image in your mind. You woke up yesterday to a world where hand written letters are now hastily typed emails, where everything you read and write are now the same universal font and color, and a conversation is no longer face to face but rather through binary code. The personally connections and how they were formed are slowly becoming antiquated, a form of communication being labeled as an indulgence or a hobby.

As a person from Generation X I cannot begin to imagine what the world would be like without my cell phone, Internet, or email. However the question now is what is the point of communication if all we see are shades of grey when our thousands of emails and text messages are all the same font and size. I understand that in the business world the faster you can get to the point in the most universally understood way is better. That’s perfectly fine. The only thing is we’re letting that business mentality seep into our personal world outside the big cube. The feeling of receiving a letter, no matter the length, is incomparable to receiving an email or a text. You know that there was some thought put into the letter and that time and effort were needed and that the person writing that letter felt it was, and you are, important enough to take the time to write it.

Hand writing is not much different from our voice. The way we write conveys a very specific message that cannot be duplicated by Times New Roman size 12 font. Hand writing is personally. It’s unique to you and I and it’s what makes up part of our identity. My notes and letters look like chicken scratch but they are my chicken scratch. There’s a connection there between you, the words, and the person reading them that we are beginning to decide are no longer important. But what’s more important than telling someone close to you that you care? That you have decided time, energy and resources are well spent on them? 

So the question remains do you think hand writing is worth saving?

States Preserve Penmanship – Yahoo!

The End of Pens – Slate

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40 thoughts on “Is Handwriting Worth Saving?

  1. I love to write. I do calligraphy so am a fan of beautiful script. I am past 50 and am starting to notice that even I am getting careless with my handwriting because no one will see it. The most we write at work is an occassional post it note. I try to remember to bring my favorite pens and Orange notebooks to encourage and practice the ‘skill’.

  2. I love to write. I do calligraphy so am a fan of beautiful script. I am past 50 and am starting to notice that even I am getting careless with my handwriting because no one will see it. The most we write at work is an occassional post it note. I try to remember to bring my favorite pens and Orange notebooks to encourage and practice the ‘skill’.

  3. I could not agree more. I have beautiful letters written by my Grandmother ( born 1890) which I treasure. Also the family Bible where she has listed the births, deaths and marriages of various long departed members of our family.Don’t see emails lasting that long !

  4. I could not agree more. I have beautiful letters written by my Grandmother ( born 1890) which I treasure. Also the family Bible where she has listed the births, deaths and marriages of various long departed members of our family.Don’t see emails lasting that long !

  5. Handwriting should be taught with pencils then with fountain pens on quality paper with lovely ink.

    All of which I provided by Rhodia or its parent company.

    Apple offers beautiful fonts because Jobs took a calligraphy class.

    The Digital and analogue worlds need not to be antagonists but complementary for the world to evolve in an harmonious way.

    Stephanie, our moderator, is the perfect example of wonderfully weaved artistic, analogue and digital life.

    Thank You Stephanie!

  6. Handwriting should be taught with pencils then with fountain pens on quality paper with lovely ink.

    All of which I provided by Rhodia or its parent company.

    Apple offers beautiful fonts because Jobs took a calligraphy class.

    The Digital and analogue worlds need not to be antagonists but complementary for the world to evolve in an harmonious way.

    Stephanie, our moderator, is the perfect example of wonderfully weaved artistic, analogue and digital life.

    Thank You Stephanie!

  7. It is ABSOLUTELY worth saving! I have worked very hard to develop beautiful handwriting. I am always getting compliments on my penmanship. To me, it is a part of who I am. I LOVE to send out handwritten letters and love even more when someone sends one to me. I LOVE to collect vintage cards, letters, journals, and the like, simply because the handwriting is so gorgeous to me. Computers and e-mail definitely have their uses but they will NEVER replace handwriting in my opinion!

  8. It is ABSOLUTELY worth saving! I have worked very hard to develop beautiful handwriting. I am always getting compliments on my penmanship. To me, it is a part of who I am. I LOVE to send out handwritten letters and love even more when someone sends one to me. I LOVE to collect vintage cards, letters, journals, and the like, simply because the handwriting is so gorgeous to me. Computers and e-mail definitely have their uses but they will NEVER replace handwriting in my opinion!

  9. Beautifully put – although more than once when I’ve hand-written a letter to a friend, I’ve received in return an email beginning, “Thank you for the lovely letter”, or “Ir was go good to receive your letter”. Some folks just don’t seem to get it…..

  10. Beautifully put – although more than once when I’ve hand-written a letter to a friend, I’ve received in return an email beginning, “Thank you for the lovely letter”, or “Ir was go good to receive your letter”. Some folks just don’t seem to get it…..

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