Handwriting is one of the oldest and most commonly used forms of communication. However, the introduction of a wide range of new technologies has had an impact on people’s handwriting in a number of different ways. Here is an overview on the impact that technologies have had on handwriting.
Handwriting is a written form of communication that is used to convey both abstract and concrete information to other people through the use of symbols. Typically done on paper using a pen or a pencil, handwriting is individual to each person. With the introduction of a number of forms of technology, many people use these to communicate rather than to hand write. There are several aspects to a person’s handwriting and these include letter formation, legibility and spelling.
The last century has seen some massive changes to the way that we live and one of the major reasons for this is the invention, creation and use of new technology. Examples include mobile phones, computers, the Internet, satellite navigation systems, washing machines and televisions. It could be argued that
Legibility concerns how easy it is for another person to read your handwriting and to understand what you have written. If people have become accustomed to using a keyboard rather than a pen and paper then they get out of the habit of writing. This means that when they come to hand write something, the legibility may not be as good as if they were handwriting on a regular basis.
Children are generally taught how they should form their letters in school. As they become more confident to write independently, their letter formation will become individual to them. However, letter formation will generally be consistent with the individual forming the letters similarly each time they write. The use of technology can impact upon this because people are unaccustomed to the fine motor skill of handwriting and therefore write with less fluidity. This means that letter formation may be erratic throughout each written piece and may change every time an individual writes.
Spelling does not directly relate to a person’s handwriting. However, it is significant because it affects the overall legibility of a piece of writing. People who use mobile phones often utilize the auto correct function, while computer users have the facility of spell check. This means that they have to think less about how words are spelled. When they come to hand write they may find spelling difficult and the written work may have a high number of spelling errors.
The impact of technology on handwriting is not all bad as thee are some positive elements to the changes too. Firstly, it is easy to access handwriting worksheets for free on the Internet rather than having to search book stores and pay for such resources. Secondly, it is easy for parents and professionals to access information about difficulties with handwriting and seek advice about how to resolve these issues. Finally, for people with handwriting difficulties who face challenges communicating with people, completing paper work or sitting exams, the introduction of technology has helped them to overcome these issues.
Great advances have been made in technology over the last century and this has had an impact on handwriting. Elements such as spelling, legibility and letter formation are all areas that are affected by replacing handwriting with the use of technology.