Handwriting is still relevant in this technology-dominant era. A lot of us depend on our phones, tablets and laptops to get through a day at home or at work, but when it comes to writing down notes, we always seem to go back to good old-fashioned writing instruments! And here’s why…
1. There’s a feeling of joy writing by hand
What do you do when you get given a new pen from your local stationery shop or from your colleague at work? Well, some of you might just place it in your drawer for when it is needed, but many of us give the pen a ‘test run’ there and then to see how it writes, or to see the type of ink it provides. For some reason this gives us joy, especially having the freedom to just scribble away without having to worry about technology flagging up your spelling mistakes.
2. It can calm the brain
Picture this, you’re typing up those important notes on your mobile device in a room full of silence, with nothing to distract you. And then out of nowhere, you hear that notification ping come through, telling you that Sandra has posted yet another picture of herself on holiday in Spain. Whether you read the notification or not, you are now thinking about that holiday you wish you were on, which has now entirely preoccupied your mind.
The point is, your mobile device can be incredibly distracting when trying to concentrate, especially if you’re in the middle of writing up some important notes for work or home. Whereas, putting your phone on silent and using a pen and paper is somewhat calming in comparison. You can just get on with it, quicker and simpler, giving you the opportunity to escape the world of technology for a short amount of time.
3. Writing is part of our daily lives
Even though we live in a digital world, most of us still write in some way every single day. We keep notes in meetings, we jot down reminders to ourselves and we leave messages for others. No matter how many devices you have in your office or home, you will always find that a pen is the object we would instantly go for when jotting down notes, writing down a shopping list or writing a birthday card. The sense of ease for hand-writing is why we would always choose a pen rather than a mobile device. We are also more likely to remember something we write down by hand than something we write using our phones.
4. It can stimulate creativity
Using different coloured pens can bring out the creativity in all of us. We all tend to stick to the same coloured pen for our day-to-day notes, although when it comes to jotting down and brain storming ideas, we tend to go for the more colourful options. Not only is this fun on your behalf for getting to switch between pens and colours, but it also brings out the creative side in you.