Study: Tech making people forget the art of writing

By Kul Bhushan Published Date
25 - Jun - 2012
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25 - Jun - 2012
Study: Tech making people forget the art of writing

Technology exists to make our lives easier, doesn't it! But then increasing dependency on technology may have adverse impacts on us as well. One such adverse impact may be: forgetting the art of writing! It may sound little unrealistic at the moment, but we must agree that in the era of SMSing and online chatting, real writing has certainly decreased. According to a study, writing notes by hand is decreasing at a fast rate, with a typical adult not having written anything for almost six weeks.

The study, conducted by online stationer Docmail, says the average time since an adult last wrote by hand was over 40 days. The study also found out one in three has not written anything properly for over six months. Out of 2,000 respondents, two-thirds of them said even if they'd written anything by hand, it is mostly “hastily scribbled reminder or notes”.

Moreover, 50 percent of respondents acknowledged their handwriting had significantly declined, while one in seven accepted of being 'ashamed' of words written by them. The study also showed increasing dependency on predictive text for spellings, with four in ten acknowledging being dependent on them. Also, one in four is now used to 'text talks', with more emphasis on abbreviations. The study suggests coming generation may be entirely dependent on keyboards for writing.

Dave Broadway, managing director for Docmail, said: "It's a shame handwriting is in general decline, but that's come about from the need for convenience and communication that is clear and quick."People by habit will always look for shortcuts or to make their life easier, and that's the reason technology is so prominent in our everyday lives.”

Do you also think art of writing is dying? Will the coming generations be completely dependent on keyboards or dictation for writing? Let us know in the comments section below:

Source: ET

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