Art of handwriting: Do you think it has a forgotten habit?

@Sreekala (32819)
India
September 14, 2009 5:45am CST
Hi dear mylotters, Computers and cell phones have replaced pen in our day to day life. In office also computers conveniently replaced the pen. Now people are using pen for writing exam, filling a form and writing a cheque etc. Earlier we were writing letter by using pen now emails and text messages got in the place. Handwriting can reveal a lot about the writer’s traits. Now the people who really care about their handwriting are very less. Do you think Humans are losing the personal touch by keeping away the writing habit by pen? Do you think your handwriting is getting bad by not practicing the same? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of forgetting the writing habits? Please share your thoughts.
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@daliaj (5681)
• India
18 Sep 09
I agree that now a days computers have replaced pen and paper. But, handwriting has its value always. There is a lot of difference between reading an email and reading a hand written letter. A hand wirtten letter or card conveys more than an e-card or an email. I have a good hand writing and I am very pround of that. But, in the new generation people are give little importance to the beauty of handwirting.
@Sreekala (32819)
• India
14 Oct 09
Hi daliaj, Receiving a handwritten letter by the postman is giving more pleasure than reading an email. The former is more heart touchable. The advantage of email is- it is reaching quickly. If we need fast replies email is the best to adopt. I am glad to know that your handwriting is very good. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.
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@mobhomeir (7562)
• Philippines
14 Nov 09
Yes my friend that's right. Some of the new generation now already forgot the importance of handwriting because of our latest and advance technologies. In my part, I try my self to have a time to write manually in order not to forget the basic handwriting...thanks for responding...
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• United States
14 Sep 09
Yes, it will soon be a forgotten art, unfortunately. I think handwriting is much more personal, and I still hand write out all cards to everyone. I don't do the ecards unless it is the only way to do it. I also am a dealer on Ebay, and I handwrite all "Thank You's" to my buyers, and I've already been complimented on it. I feel it's just a bit more sincere because it takes longer to do, and most people don't want to waste the time to do it anymore.
@Sreekala (32819)
• India
18 Sep 09
Hi Kashmere, That is really nice, still you are sending cards with your own handwriting for your customers. I think it takes lot of time so you deserved an appreciation for the same. May it is a part of your business then also you have so other means to convey your thanks. Hats off to you, keep up the same. Have a nice day.
• United States
14 Sep 09
My handwriting is fairly good. I love to handwrite notes to friends and send them snailmail just for fun. Sometimes I get all bills in the mail and not one personal note, it makes me sad. So, I write to friends and family in hopes they will do the same. Kids that I know have terrible handwriting. With everything being on the computer I think it is getting lost. It is sad, but in schools it is not even cared about. children don't even know how to spell because the computer fixes the errors. Don't get me wrong, I like computers, but we are loosing a lot of basis skills because of it! Great topic :)
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
15 Sep 09
Hi jody, You are a person, sending handwritten notes to your friends and it is sad when they didn’t reciprocate the way you did. I really appreciate your work because in today’s world nobody is spending time for personal touch through their own handwriting. I agree, upto some extent the computers are destroying the talent of learning spellings correctly. In conclusion we are destroying the ability of our brain to memorize the spellings, etc. Thanks for joining and the appreciation. Happy posting and have a nice day.
@airakumar (1555)
• India
14 Sep 09
Good handwriting is a skill we learn in early elementary school, but the benefits of good handwriting extend our entire lives. The truth is that mastering handwriting sets children up for other learning successes. Handwriting builds confidence, teaches children to have an organized approach to work and enhances their ability to communicate. Think about how exciting it is when a child writes his name for the first time. Think about how nice it is to be able to write easily and well.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
15 Sep 09
Hi aira, I agree with you, if the handwriting is good then it will boost the confidence of children. At the same it is sad we are forgetting the skill after completing the education. We are much depending on other means for writing. Thanks for joining, have a great time.
@thea09 (18314)
• Greece
14 Sep 09
Hi sreekala, it does appear that one uses it less and less these days and I could say mine is mostly limited to shopping lists which my son says are illegible. When I study though I do put pen to paper, no computer involved, but then I am writing mainly in Greek which seems to make my writing in English go a little haywire afterwards. For instance we don't have the letter C in Greek so when I write in English I often put a K in by mistake. My son is ten and he does it too, he will put a few Greek letters in the middle of an English sentence as apart from English lessons his whole schooling is in Greek so he has to end up using 50 letters instead of the usual 26. At least hand writing is taken seriously still in the schools and is even marked separately on the grade results. I don't think it will die out but it will certainly be used less.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
14 Sep 09
Hi thea, Definitely in school we should use it and after that period we are using other means instead of a pen. One of my ex-colleague who is a writer and always using the computer for writing and one day he was searching something in a book and he told me I must the use the 'find option' in book means his minding telling him to use the ‘ctrl f’ which is using to find the words easily in MS Word. He is become so habitual and don’t have patience to do it manually. Yes in English language there is only 26 letters and our native language is also having 56 alphabets. Thanks for joning, Have a nice day.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
14 Sep 09
I definitely feel that the art of handwriting has gone for a toss and I'm living proof of it! Even having to sign my name on a credit card receipt or a contract seems difficult for me these days and when I hand write notes or shopping lists, my writing is terrible! It never used to be this way and I was a very neat writer in the past, but not anymore! We're so used to typing and texting, a pen feels foreign in our hands! I also do think that by relying so much on other forms of communication, we ARE losing a lot of the personal touches handwritten letters and cards offer. I do have friends that practice Calligraphy though and it's beautiful! We're all about convenience these days, so the use of handwriting is only going to decline further over time.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
14 Sep 09
Hi James, You are exactly right. We are using the pen for a signature or filling a form etc. Now computer, cell phones, laptops etc are ruling us. I had been getting letters from friends and relatives. It is an old story now. We are making phone calls for knowing about them and can’t have the patience to write a letter. Yes, we are losing the personal touch......em]surrender[/em] Nice to see you, have a great day.
@balasri (26546)
• India
14 Sep 09
Handwriting - Things that are inherited.
I am also very much worried about the waning importance of the handwriting.You always see the soul and mood of the person who has written something to us.That is why all of us got exhilarated in some time or other in our life time with the writings of someone who is closed to us kiss,keep it close to our heart,and sleep with it wetting it with our tears which needless to say is ridiculous with these SMS and Emails. But Kala, hopes do not die that easily.The good things never give up their struggle to substantiate themselves.This is what I am learning from several things around me including the hand writing of my darling daughter who is in her 8th std which I have uploaded for you to judge.
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@kalav56 (11496)
• India
14 Sep 09
That is wonderfl handwriting Bala and this is precisely the sort of handwriting I used to insist with my students.I was very much pleased with your daughter's handwriting as though she is my own student.I used to write neatly [chain writing] and I insisted on this in my son's case too, making him write pages and pages of cursive writing.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
15 Sep 09
Hi Bala, First of all I want to congratulate your wonderful daughter for her good handwriting. I tried to post a comment on the picture but unfortunately it is not getting posted and I think it may be due to connection problem. You can also be proud because I know you must be behind her for making the wonderful talent. Yes, Bala, let us hope the good things never die. Thank you very much for your wonderful response. Have a pleasant time with your family.
@balasri (26546)
• India
15 Sep 09
Thanks a lot ladies.My daughter is very much please and motivated more.
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@dpk262006 (56736)
• Delhi, India
15 Sep 09
Hi Sree! You have a valid point to make and I agree with you that people at large are forgetting how to write and pen is being replaced by email. Those who work in offices do get opportunities to write, other people may not get such an opportunity. BTW, Handwriting or say 'graphology' is one of my favourite subjects. I remember, when I joined mylot, I started my first discussions, which was about 'graphology'. Our hand writing is reflection of our personality and character and health and how do we behave and think. Different sizes, styles and formations of letter/words have different meaning. I can interpret about a person, once I've seen his/her handwriting and signature. Writing tells exact things about thinking level of a person and it is great fun analysing handwriting of others and telling them remedial measures to improve
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
13 Oct 09
Hi deepak, It is interesting to know that your first discussion was on ‘graphology’. I haven’t gone through that much deep in your profile so I could not read the same. In offices also pen is using very rarely. If my boss is around then I need a pencil to take dictation otherwise I don’t need a pencil or pen for office works. I use the same for only signature. So you can tell about a person by observing the handwriting, really a good skill. Anyway I don’t want to show my handwriting to you because it is very bad. Thank you very much for your inputs. Have a great day.
@dpk262006 (56736)
• Delhi, India
15 Oct 09
Bad handwriting does not mean that a person is not good or efficient.
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@mobhomeir (7562)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
Hello my friend. What a nice discussions. For me it depends the people concern. As for me, I am still not losing my touch speaking of my writing manually. Though I already have and most of the time I am on my PC, I never forget to exercise my manual writing ability. Of course writing with the use of computer is more presentable and neat to see than writing with our bare hand though it would be more remarkable because we are the who really exerting effort of doing it naturally. But, what about if suddenly there would be a power interruption, could you still use your computer? I think not anymore..would you wait for the power back again? Well, aside from that...this computer technology kills some of our cultural games and some traditions... thanks...
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
14 Oct 09
Hi mobhomeir, I am glad to know that still you find out time for manual writing. Your observation is right, if there is no power supply then there is no use with computer, we have to adopt the manual method of writing. It is really annoying if the power supply gone especially we are doing something in computer with great interest. Thank you very much for the wonderful reply. Have a nice day.
@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
16 Sep 09
The doctors had forgotten the art of beautiful and legible writing a long time ago. I did not have the habit of writing letters. If your work requires writing on paper then you won't loose your touch with writing. However if your job requires you to type, then you would loose your touch with writing.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
13 Oct 09
Hi Vanillarey, The doctors are supposed to use the pen as a must, isn't? I think many other professional people are using pen. Some writers are also using pen to write but some are using the computer to type it so they don't want to re-type it. I don't want a pen for my work and I am using it for signatures only. Thanks for joining. Have a nice day.
@chaitra001 (3278)
• Bangalore, India
16 Sep 09
Hi Sreekala I agree with you that writing is replaced by computers and texting in mobile.. As you said my handwriting as become worst than ever after I started my job.. I cant belive it is my handwriting only.. So need to practise for certain time to get back my good handwriting..
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
13 Oct 09
Hi Chaitra, So you also don’t need a pen for work, isn't chaitra. We can't blame dear, when we get free time we have to do lot of other works and who bother to improve the handwriting that also after finishing studies. Don't worry much dear. Thanks for joining. Have a nice day.
@hotsummer (10800)
• Guam
15 Sep 09
i do like to write again on paper with pen to practice my penmanship. i used to write well too. i just don't know that i am not able to maintain my beautiful penmanship. i used to treat handwriting as a form of art cause i like the beauty that comes out of it from our handwriting. i admire people who writes pretty well too.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
13 Oct 09
Hi hotsummer, So you won't admire me if you see my handwriting because it is bad. It is true if you do not write then you may lost the beauty of your handwriting. Hope you will get time to practice the same. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.
@gmatthews (155)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Absolutely! I think it's a shame that cursive is no longer taught in schools anymore. How are our children going to have a signature? With the advent of texting and im...these kids can't spell to save their lives. I think technology is great, but sometimes I think it can be a a disadvantage for young people.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
8 Oct 09
Hi mathews, The development of technology has its own advantages and disadvantages. It helps to become fast, for e.g., earlier a letter can reach within 2-3 days in the same country. Now even if it for outside country it can reach in minutes and definitely it is an advantage. When we started to using this advantage we lost some of other qualities in other side i.e., the writing (handwritten) letters so that way we lost the heart touch upto some extent. Thanks for sharing your views. Have a nice day and happy posting.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
15 Sep 09
I love writing by hand but I do little these days! I write a letter to my daughter on her birthday every year for her to receive when she is older or Heaven forbid if something happens to me. She is seven years old, hence seven letters; the first couple are handwritten and the rest are typed on the computer because for me to sit and type is a lot easier in regards to getting the ideas to flow. Hand writing feels almost foreign nowadays and it is a shame; I remember my teachers putting a great deal of emphasis on beautiful writing when I was at school way back during the dark ages. Yes it does feel as though it is a forgotten art...
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
8 Oct 09
Hi Paula, Your daughter must the luckiest in the world because she got you as her mother. As a mother you are doing a wonderful thing as writing letters on her each birthday. I can understand the love and care towards your daughter. I agree the typing is easy but I would like to request you to write the letters in your own handwriting and I am sure she will be happier to read the same in a later stage. I wish all the best to you and your daughter. Thank you very much for sharing. Have a pleasant time with your little angel.
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• Philippines
15 Sep 09
I still using my pen to write my writing. I still used my pen for some reports at work. for signature of Delivery Receipts, for verifying reports, for signature check of course. I think some are still fond of writing, there are those composers of songs. The students they still write in their class especially when they have exam. The advantage is you are not getting a callous on the finger, because I have a callous on my right middle finger. When I do usually before it was smaller but now it became bigger again. As of disadvanatge, people rely on computer on their notes, which inable them to write, may lead them forget how to write. LOL
@Sreekala (32819)
• India
8 Oct 09
Hi grecy, I agree many people are still using their pen. In case of students, they don’t have any other option. But in case of common people how many are using their pen regularly except for signature or writing cheques etc. I am also depending much on computer and using the pen once in a month to sign in the salary register. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I am happy to know that you are still writing with pen. Have a nice day dear friend.
@zureev (21)
• Malaysia
15 Sep 09
yeah..my writting getting a little bad before i know it because nowadays like you have state, i frequently used computer while at work and messaging people just using handphone. the disadvantage of forgetting writting habits i think you will lost the art and the passion in it,though you will find many font of writting in the computer as been setting in the computer, the feel is not the same. the advantage,maybe this will only be true to certain people but for me,completing a document by handwriting is taking more time than usig computer.well,when you used computer you can just used the 'cut' and 'paste' option to make your work easier,not to metion the other fnction that we have in the computer nowadays^^.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
29 Sep 09
Hi zureev, Not only the cut and paste but there are different functions in computer which makes our works easier. So nobody can blame us to be addicted in computer. In the modern world we need to be doing everything as fast. At the same time we are forgetting a good art work of our own, that means our handwriting. Thanks for joining sharing your thoughts. Have a nice day.
@jambi462 (4593)
• United States
15 Sep 09
Well yes it's probably at least getting forgotten because technology is becoming more popular I believe. I think that more people are probably using laptops or computers rather then using their own handwriting. I prefer to write things by hand though because I can think better when I'm doing my own writings and in earlier school years they would have you write down notes or copy things down so that way you can remember better. I generally write down notes if I'm reading any nonfiction book that I'm trying to learn things from.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
22 Sep 09
Hi jambi, That is a good idea still making handwritten notes for learning. I really appreciate you and it is true if we write with a pen/pencil it will helps to remember the same or register it in our brain easily. To be honest I am using a pen for signature and sometimes for making some list for home. I am sitting in front of the computer and doing each work on it. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.
@salonga (27821)
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
Writing a letter using your own hand has a touching impact. It is really the best way to impart a very personal touch to your reader. You are right though! This seems to be a forgotten habit or should I say an ignored habit. People have gone quite lazy to use their hands in writings because anyway there are easier and less tiring way. Sad to say, I am one of those who have already preferred typing in computers rather than handwriting. It just too sad that while many people have actually admired my good handwriting, I now have developed laziness to use it more. I do still use my hand in writing short notes but has no more patience to write long letters by hand. I would rather use the computer and I found myself more effective when doing so. I also could not think more when using my hands unlike when I am using computer when ideas do come out naturally. I really can't explain why it has happened to me. Well my friend,to me I believe the main disadvantage of not using handwriting in personal letters is that the personal touch is certainly lost. I think I should still use my hands when writing to my loved ones and thank you for this post because it reminded me that I should not forsake the art of handwriting. Well to those whose handwriting are like that of doctors, then it is forgivable. Personally, I do not have patience reading handwriting that I could not understand either so if the handwriting of the person is not very legible I would prefer receiving a typewritten personal letter from him rather than have a hard time understanding and deciphering his writings.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
22 Sep 09
Hi dear, Nice to see you after a long time. Hope you are doing well. I am glad to know that you have a good handwriting. It is true that we are depending much on computer for making our work easier and adopting emails for reaching our mails quicker. But we are losing the personal touch or we are not getting the same happiness from mails when we used to get from reading a handwritten letter. In the busy world everybody is searching and adopting the quickest method. But it will be worthwhile if you can spend time for making your good handwriting as a precious gift. Yes indeed it is a gift from GOD. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. God bless you.
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
14 Sep 09
My handwriting has gotten so bad since I began using the computer! I do think it's important, though. In some schools, children are being taught only to print, not cursive writing except for their signature.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
22 Sep 09
Hi dragon54u, If you are happy with the way you are working then it is alright. It is natural to get our handwriting get bad when we are not in practice. I think we are adopting the easiest and quickest way so only a minor population bother about the penmanship. It is true that the personal touch is losing when we gave up the handwritten method. Thanks dear, have a nice time.
@ImNotFish (106)
• Singapore
14 Sep 09
Computers and cell phones really replaced pen nowadays. We don't have to write our homeworks, doing projects(most on computers) or write a letter to others (which replaced by MSN or Yahoo! Messenger). The only time I've used pen is during exam. And my hand felt pain after that XD Of course, humans will be losing personal touch by using e-mail, text messages all this as handwriting tells the personality of a person, and we can felt the warmth when we received a hand written letter. This is one thing email can't replace letter. I can't think of any advantage of forgetting writing habits, but the disadvantage would be humans' heart are getting further when writing habits are slowly put aside.
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@Sreekala (32819)
• India
22 Sep 09
Hi ImNotFish, Well said. The problem is nobody takes time to think about it and do anything, everybody is busy in the world and they are adopting the ways which helps to make their work easier. It is true that an email can reach in minutes but a handwritten letter send by post will reach within two-three days. So the communication is getting quicker but we lost the heart touch feeling. Have a nice day and thanks for sharing your thoughts.