Why Handwriting Should Come Back In Style

Why Handwriting Should Come Back In Style

With all things vintage and retro coming back in style, handwriting needs to be one of them.


In Nights in Roadante the one woman marveled at the handwritten love letter. “Who writes letters like this anymore?”

Who, indeed?

Most people “write” using some form of electronic device: either laptop or tablet. Particularly college students. Here's why handwriting aka cursive should make a comeback.

I entered a history class with my professor show the class an article about a different professor at a different college advocate for no use of electronics in class room. The professor cites writing out notes by hand helps memory retention. This has long been in debate.

No use of electronics during class is a common practice at Denison University. You use a pen or pencil and spiral notebook to take notes. Some professors allow students to use laptops/tablets for notes, while enforcing a no cellphone policy. Others only allow students with learning disabilities to take notes or record the professor speaking in class, which is also controversial due to the unwanted attention face by the student by their peers..

For the students who take notes by hand, there is a crisis. One I never imagined. Cursive, or handwriting, is no longer being taught.

There have been countless debates on whether technology has ruined, or is ruining, young adults and teens ability to communicate with language, particularly with writing. With technology now commonplace in our lives, the next generation of college students and many current students do not value handwriting.

Handwriting should be valued, and like many “vintage” and “retro” things coming back in style, handwriting should be one of them.

You need to be able to sign your signature on important documents, many of which are legal.

How impressed would your professor or employer be if you could easily read their handwriting without asking for them to decipher it? Very.

Further, being able to write cursive, and thus, read it will allow people to read documents written before the common use of computers and typewriters, such as letters from their grandparents, or great grandparents dating to the Second World War.

Your grandparents would be pleased by a handwritten letter, which is aligned with their generation rather than a 140 character or less text filled with animated pictures (commonly called “emojis”. Chances are they would write back with penmanship, or handwriting, better than yours.

In Nights in Roadante the one woman marveled at the handwritten love letter. “Who writes letters like this anymore?” Any lady, and many men, would adore a handwritten note. I personally write love letters and love notes to my boyfriend, and he greatly appreciates them. Love letters are a nod to good old fashion romance.

It also reflects a level of education held by many that is not accurately shown by the emojis and slang so popular on the interwebs.

Handwriting, by nature, often appears elegant to the eye of the reader. Whether or not the writing itself is elegant may be questioned, however there is an appearance of elegance many people, particularly those of the older generations, will note and associate with the written words, no matte if the message is clumsily written.

Overall, handwriting or cursive gives a sense of nostalgia and speak of a bygone era of morality, manners, chivalry, refinement, and integrity which many of our current generation lack.

Of course, all of this is my humble opinion, and the reader may entirely disregard the above.

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