Nowadays, we may be still writing letters, but a good percentage of them are done on electronic devices. It hadn’t really occurred to me until I received an 8-page handwritten letter and realized how much more personable it felt to read it.
Having an emotional response to words written in ink, I felt compelled to return the gesture.
Not an Easy Feat
As I began to write, I realized how out of practice I was at using a pen and paper. My cursive was entirely sloppy, and found it took a great deal of care to write legibly. My hand began to cramp because of muscles that weren’t accustom to the action. I thought, if I’m like this, there must be many others in the same boat.
With this disturbing revelation, I realized that handwriting was becoming a dying art of communication.
The Cost of Technology
There are great benefits in having the ability to email, text, and call anywhere. Just by grabbing a small device from our pockets, we’re able to have instant access to anyone. Yet, our dependence upon such devices has made many of us weaker communicators in personal print.
Emoticons Fall Short
When we write by hand, there are nuances that reveal our emotions. We don’t have to be a handwriting expert to know when someone is happy or mad. Those little smiley or quirky face icons just don’t cut it compared to the slants, loops, corrections and strokes that can be represented in ink.
What Will the Future Hold?
With a keyboard-filled world, will our children understand the importance of handwriting? Will our future generations know how read a cursive letter? With some schools deciding to discontinue teaching cursive in lieu of keyboard lessons, this could be the question.
Surprise someone. Send them a snail mail handwritten letter. They’ll appreciate the extra effort and possibly send you one back. The effect will be priceless.