I grew up writing – first learning how to print, and then learning the fine art of cursive. After many years, I’ve developed a pretty style, which I’ve been told is loopy or “girly” (yes, it does tend to look that way – thank you, stereotypes), but be that as it may, people are able to read what I write.
Ever since the start of the internet age, people have grown away from writing in favor of typing on keyboards and tapping on tablets because it’s faster and more convenient. Yes…..the internet age is all about convenience, but at what cost? What do we lose in the trade-off?
One of those things, in my opinion….being able to write by hand. We rely so much on the keyboards and screens…..what would happen if we go where there are no computers, tablets,…..or internet? What if the power went out? What would we do?
Would today’s generation know how to read handwritten writing without a standard font? Would they know how to communicate in a written medium?
I think there is a certain elegance in writing, and even further….in cursive. When I went to school, I used to be graded on my penmanship – how well I could write. In fact, one class had a teacher that would give you a zero on your paper if you printed rather than use cursive. To her, it was important to have good skill in your cursive penmanship. I find myself being grateful she was so strict in that regard.
Look on historical documents. Can you imagine how boring the Declaration of Independence would be if John Hancock printed his signature rather than his iconic form?
Sadly, the internet & computer age is slowly causing us to lose yet another talent in favor of convenience.