Handwriting has turned into a generational tool. Many people still use handwriting to communicate, but it’s coming to an end. Baby-boomers are the champions at communicating by letter while generation X was the last generation as a whole to use handwriting such as writing papers and writing notes. As for the millennial generation, they see this form of communication as a waste of time considering you can use Facebook or text message to communicate with their peers.
Gone are the days of writing a love letter telling the one you love in greater detail in your words of how you feel for that person. These are replaced by speedy text messages without much thought waiting on a rapid response to a short question, but the big picture is missing. Nothing can replace a long letter telling the whole story before a reply is asked for. And people wonder why relationships in today’s world don’t last as long, it’s because this generation thinks everything happens on the drop of a dime which leads to unrealistic goals.
With this said, technology will end handwriting as we know it. Without handwriting how will people sign their name? Will companies stop asking for you to sign a contract, what about sport athletes? Will they be able to sign autographs when a fan wants one or will they’ll just send the fan a twitter message? What about in schools, will they stop teaching cursive? A world without handwriting is a world in great haste and less thought. Technology is constantly increasing communication speeds, often anticipating words before our brains can send signals to our fingers.
Cursive is a real problem for people in today’s world. Writing is cursive could be physically hard to do if the hand and wrist aren’t trained right, but this is a lesser problem because according to a study only 33 percent of people can read what they write. A study done by Docmail concluded this to be fact:
This trend is reinforced by a 2012 study that found 33% of people had difficulty reading their own handwriting. Docmail, a UK-based printing and mailing company, conducted the study and concluded that one in three participants had not been required to produce something in handwriting for more than half a year. It also found that updating calendars, phone books and reminder notes was more likely to be completed without using a pen. Finally, more than half of participants said their handwriting was noticeably declining.
If a person can’t read their own writing in cursive than why use this form of writing, print is taking over cursive. Furthermore, Core education standards in U.S. schools no longer include handwriting requirements in certain states. Without the corporation of schools in the U.S., they why should any student take cursive or handwriting seriously?
The Washington Post reported in April:
45 states have adopted common core standards for education. Such standards are designed to provoke thought while at the same time preparing students to pass standardized tests, but they do not include a cursive learning requirement.
The fact or the matter is without school promoting handwriting then the future of cursive is over.
Another reason why technology will end handwriting is because of globalization. U.S. citizens are doing business around the world which means a simpler way of writing communications is required. A foreigner isn’t taught how to read cursive but how to read the English language. Communicating via technology requires using different English from handwriting, and this will be the final straw on handwriting. If business, schools, or any other forms that did use handwriting isn’t required, then the next generation will have no handwriting skills.
A world without handwriting could threaten history. For thousands of years, many civilizations who didn’t have a handwriting system or some form of written communication has been lost in history. These civilizations were very powerful, but they ran into a more powerful civilization. These civilizations were lost to history because of not production a writing system, imagine if Egypt didn’t have a writing system, then would we really understand this great civilization? This is what the history of the world is faced with, without a handwriting system in place, all it takes is a extreme meltdown in some computer system to erase us from the face of history. Many people talk about Atlantis but without their written history, we’ll never really know just how great of a civilization they were.
Handwriting is mandatory for the survival of history, let’s hope the leaders of the world see this the same way.