How handwriting benefits communicators of every stripe

Using pen, pencil, chalk or marker to jot down your thoughts has merits beyond reducing computer-induced eye strain. It flexes your brain in essential ways.

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Remember when we used to handwrite all sorts of things, such as cards, homework and essays?

The importance of handwriting wasn’t in question; it was a necessary means to an end.

In college my biggest struggle during finals was that my hand would cramp up from all the essay writing. I also remember that my lecture notes were the most popular to copy because they were so visually appealing, with graphics, block letters and bullet points.

I prided myself on the beauty of handwriting—foreshadowing my career in content marketing.

We wrote with a pen or pencil and didn’t think twice about it. Handwriting was a key component of how we communicated. Not anymore.

When was the last time you actually handwrote something—other than an address on an envelope or maybe a quick scribble?

Do we need handwriting?

Recently I was at the gym listening to Spotify, and an ad popped up for the Bic “Fight for Your Write” campaign.

I realized I hadn’t really thought about the lost art of handwriting, nor had I considered its importance beyond simple communication.

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