Okay, so level with us, when was the last time you took a lot of good old fashioned notes? Killed some good ‘n proper trees, and decimated their bodies with some ballpoint ink? I’d wager you mostly write on your laptop. Well, to the bane of many a’ British Columbian forest, I’d like to outline why the pen may indeed be mightier than the keyboard.
Writing by hand actually improves creativity!
Some super smart scientists were curious to see if taking handwriting largely out of school curriculums and letting keyboards take the notes had any impact on the learnin’. So they had some children take notes on a laptop and others by hand. The people with the laptops could type a little faster, and typically wrote out what was there verbatim – very few changes were made, very little evidence of full understanding. The kids writing by hand however, showed better comprehension by changing the wording, and expanding on ideas displayed in the original material. Scientists think this has to do with the fact that fonts are all uniform and perfect, and require just the tapping of buttons, whereas writing by hand requires actually forming the shapes of letters which promotes more attention to what is being written.
Reading Handwritten notes is Good Too!
They also theorize that reading your handwritten notes is better for you, because your brain almost has to decode your specific interpretation of these letters and recognize them as meaning the same thing as what is type, despite looking radically different.
Brain Damage That can Leave You Illiterate Won’t Effect Cursive
Yeah, so remember writing cursive? You probably learned it in grade three and promptly never used it again. Well it might be time to dust off those skills – the part of your brain that processes writing and reading cursive is different from the part the processes printing (we know, its weird). There have been multiple cases of sufferers of localized brain damage having no idea what letters on their own mean, but being fully literate in cursive. On top of that, it’s also good for your brain to practice skills you aren’t necessarily used to.