Handwriting – are you surprised to learn that one in ten Britons haven’t written anything by hand this last year?
According to a survey of 2000 people by family history site Ancestry, most prefer to email, text or send social media messages instead of penning traditional letters.
40% of 18-24 years olds have never written a love letter and 25% have never kept a journal or diary!
A graphologists point of view
I agree with Graphologist Tracey Trussell when she says that someone’s handwriting ‘can tell you so much about [their] identity. There is so much to be uncovered through a simple signature or pen stroke.’
Swapping paper for a tablet and stylus
I still enjoy writing, although these days I have swapped pen and paper for a digital tablet and stylus. I was fed up with losing pieces of paper with important information on it. This way I have the best of both worlds – I can write and scribble down notes but never lose them! When you are on the go though it does become more difficult. I don’t carry a notepad and pen in my bag – instead, I will reach for my phone and use ‘notes’ to jot down anything. I also use reminder apps which are essential to help me remember to do things. I do need the little reminder to pop up on my screen!
What my own children prefer
I also tend to write my shopping lists on my phone rather than on paper and I use the calendar on my phone. I know that my own children are always on their phones tapping away, although my daughter did just buy herself a beautiful diary recently. She’s started a new job and likes to write things down, colour code them, and then enjoys the physical act of crossing them out once she’s actioned them.
Handwriting hasn’t lost its charm though – I still enjoy receiving or sending a handwritten card or message.
Are you a fan of handwriting or have you gone digital?