There is no doubt about the power and usefulness of technology, but here at Arune we believe that handwriting is still special and has many benefits. I still always take all my class notes by hand. It seems as though I remember things better when I write them down. A better retention of material is just one of the many potential benefits of handwriting.
Apparently we aren't the only ones who see the power of the pen & pencil. In April, NPR posted an online article Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away. The article discusses three studies in which two groups of students, laptop note-takers, and pen & paper note-takers had to perform tests. In all three of the 'tests' the pen & paper note-takers performed better. The Guardian article Handwriting vs. Typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? discusses that cursive has stopped being taught in most schools and keyboarding has been adopted. Handwriting has benefits including more graphic freedom and better reading skills.The New York Times article What's Lost as Handwriting Fades also suggests a link between handwriting and educational development.
So handwriting is important! We really think so too. We can embrace handwriting and take advantage of it's benefits. And if you need a great way to get writing faster, to keep your pen close to your notebook, we gotcha covered (check out our pen loops under the Catalog tab)
Tell us what you think. Is handwriting getting lost? How do you use handwriting in your life? What are the benefits for you? Comment below to keep the conversation going!