Could we forget how to WRITE?
Posted by Xeno on June 25, 2012
If you can’t remember the last time you jotted down a hand-written note, you are not alone.
For a study suggests that the days of using pen and paper may be numbered – with a typical adult not having written anything for almost six weeks.
In a world where we increasingly tap out our thoughts, messages and reminders on a keyboard or a touchscreen phone, the traditional note or letter appears to be becoming redundant.
The research, commissioned by online stationer Docmail, revealed that the average time since an adult last wrote by hand was 41 days. But it also found that one in three of us has not had cause to write anything ‘properly’ for more than six months.
Two thirds of the 2,000 respondents said that if they do write by hand, it’s usually something for their eyes only with hastily scribbled reminders or notes most common.
More than half of those polled admitted their handwriting had noticeably declined, with one in seven declaring they were ‘ashamed’ of their written word.
And four in ten said they relied on predictive text for spelling, with one in four regularly using abbreviations or ‘text talk’.
The startling long-term conclusion is that future generations may end up entirely dependent on keyboards to communicate. …