The Dying Art of Handwriting

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Corrections Appended: July 11, 2013

The original version of this article included several quotes or statements that were not clearly attributed to the original sources.

Twenty years ago, a $300 Montblanc pen was one of the most coveted and costly graduation gifts. But today, few clamor over pens anymore, much less expensive ones. It turns out they want MacBooks and iPads — new writing tools of the digital age.

But handwriting isn’t just a matter of style — it’s a complex skill that affects your cognitive development and exercises your visual, motor and memory circuits. When you write, you build hand-eye coordination and practice fine motor skills.

In fact, a field of research, called “haptics,” focuses on the connection of touch, hand movement and brain function. Studies show that handwriting engages different circuits of the brain than typing simply doesn’t. And those strokes and pressures of the pen actually send…

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