Over the last hundred years or so, technology has waged a slow war on penmanship, starting with the telegram, graduating to the telephone and finally moving in for the killing blow with texting. But according to CNN, not everyone is pleased with the fact that fewer and fewer Americans are able to craft thank you notes in a perfectly elegant hand.
CNN spoke to one Wendy Carlson, a handwriting expert who seems pretty sure that texting and typing are rotting your brain. “People aren’t using their minds and they are relying on technology to make the decisions for them,” she informed the site, adding that:
“If you are typing or texting, it’s a matter of punching and finger-moving,” she says. “You are doing very little thinking because you are not allowing your brain to form neural processes.”
Science-y! CNN also spoke to the founder of a company that creates handwriting curriculum guides, who insists that actually handwriting is terribly important and oh did she mention that she sells some very high-quality handwriting curriculum guides?
“The only reason to write anything is to retrieve it later,” she said. “So you need to have it legible.”
To be fair, anyone who’s ever seen a Ken Burns documentary could tell you that even when letters were the only way of communicating across long distances, people still couldn’t write worth a crap.