Is Handwriting Dead?

By Jamie Condliffe on at

These days, virtually all of our personal communication is performed digitally or over the phone. We type emails; compose tweets; blurt out status updates; spit out instant messages; make phone calls... and not a single bit of it is handwritten.

Of course, we might make notes or lists for ourselves—but increasingly, even they're replaced by a digital jotter on our phones. This weekend, The Guardian ran a thought-provoking article about the decline of handwriting. Philip Hensher writes:

About six months ago, I realised that I had no idea what the handwriting of a good friend of mine looked like. I had known him for over a decade, but somehow we had never communicated using handwritten notes. He had left voice messages for me, emailed me, sent text messages galore. But I don't think I had ever had a letter from him written by hand, a postcard from his holidays, a reminder of something pushed through my letter box. I had no idea whether his handwriting was bold or crabbed, sloping or upright, italic or rounded, elegant or slapdash.

And hell, he makes a point I can relate to. But is handwriting dead to you? Can you live without it? Or do you miss the romance of handwritten notes? [Guardian]

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