The Benefits of Handwriting

When was the last time you wrote something down? Yes, we use our phones to take notes, save numbers, etc. If by any chance you haven’t noticed by now, your writing is different than the skills you use when typing.

Writing longhand is actually good, and we’ll show you why.

Remember how J.K. Rowling was actually writing her tales in longhand at the beginning? It’s because she didn’t have extra money to use a typewriter.

Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates were fans of handwriting, too. And Truman Capote used to write while lying down.

We’ve noticed that cursive writing is not as common as it used to be. You have probably noticed all the parents who thought that keyboarding is more important. But, none of them actually did their child a favor.

Guess what happened next… In 2016, Alabama and Louisiana brought cursive writing back to life.

Fourteen states now require proficiency in cursive writing, and we hope that things will keep developing in the right direction.

The New York City Department of Education released a handbook designed for teachers who will teach cursive writing in 2016-2017 school year. However, the subjected is still not mandated.

According to a research from France, released in Acta Psychologica, a journal of experimental psychology, children aged between 3 and 5 were able to recognize letters a week after their initial learning. That wasn’t the case of children who used keyboards.

Another similar study showed that printing, writing cursive and using keyboards stimulate related but different parts of the brain.

Virginia Berninger of the University of Washington, an educational psychologist, conducted the five-year study. Believe it or not, children write better and quicker by hand. “Writing is the way we learn what we’re thinking.

The handwriting, the sequencing of the strokes, engages the thinking part of the brain,” Berninger explained. Keyboarding doesn’t provide the same benefits of taking notes by hand.

A study published in Psychological Science showed that keyboard users and hand writers could remember facts like dates, but hand writers had a better focus on conceptual questions.

Researchers Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, showed participants a TED Talk, and asked them to take notes.

Participants were split in two groups – hand writers and those who used laptops. It’s true that computers help you take notes faster, but you’re just copying the lecturer and transcribing their speech into notes.

Taking notes by hand requires more time and makes you selective about the information you write down.

Students tend to create an image in their notebook, using arrows, stars and underlines. It’s easier for them to find the answer they need. Everyone should just slow down and process the information they get using their own words in order to learn better.

According to the research provided in Applied Cognitive psychology, doodling keeps you tuned in when things get… boring and dull.

Psychologist Jackie Andrade of Plymouth University decided to work on the subject. She based her research on two groups of participants.

Doodlers and non-doodlers were required to listen to a 2 ½-minute voicemail message. Yes, it was boring.

She put them through a surprise pop quiz about the message, and doodlers managed to remember 29 percent more info than their “colleagues.”

It turns out that doodling is really helpful sometimes, especially if your brain is shut down. Doodling has the ability to relieve strain on the brain in cases of long-time concentration.

Modern technology is not your biggest friend after all. Learn how to combine the benefits of modern times, but try not to forget how to write by hand.