“The primary advantage of longhand notes was that it slowed people down…people who took longhand notes could not write fast enough to take verbatim notes — instead they were forced to rephrase the content in their own words,” Oppenheimer says. “To do that, people had to think deeply about the material and actually understand the arguments. This helped them learn the material better.”
Sure, that’s plausible.
Slowing down and writing by hand may come with other advantages. Oppenheimer says that because typing is fast, it tends to cause people to employ a less diverse group of words. Writing longhand allows people more time to come up with the most appropriate word, which may facilitate better self-expression. …
Wait, wait, no longer on board here.
Finally, there’s a mountain of research that suggests online forms of communication are more toxic than offline dialogue. …
Okay, now you’re changing the subject completely.
All right, The Passive Guy comments:
PG believes that whatever areas of his brain that would otherwise be devoted to handwriting have been hijacked by keyboarding. … He doesn’t believe that handwriting holds a special place in his brain any more. Your experience may vary, but PG has typed so many more words than he has handwritten during his life, he thinks his handwriting brain has either gone completely dormant or been occupied by his typing brain.
Yep, that’s me.
Adding to that: a tendon issue means that it’s uncomfortable for me to write longhand. If I were forced to write a lot, the tendon issue would get worse and I’d wind up actually in pain. Typing is painless, as long as I restrict the use of my right thumb (these days, I hit the space bar with my left thumb).
I get that this is perhaps not a common problem, and yet it leaves me with a firm NO THANKS response to people who try to argue that handwriting is special.
Also, I have to admit to a private little chuckle at the idea that typing fast causes people to “employ a less diverse group of words.” Yeah, show me the data on that one, please. I’m betting that people who employ a large vocabulary when they handwrite stuff do not employ a less large vocabulary when they type. I could be persuaded otherwise, but I’d have to look over the methodology of that study before I took it seriously.
As far as I’m concerned, handwriting is for short notes you include with a sympathy card, and not much else. I don’t even handwrite Christmas letters because, again, tendon issue, ow, those are long letters, so definitely typed.
How about you all? Do you handwrite anything much these days?