If it's been a while since you've picked up a pen and composed a letter, journal entry or other piece, you may have forgotten how fun it can be to gather your thoughts on paper. And, since writing by hand takes more time than typing, pen users often choose their words with more care and precision. I know I do.
Additionally, handwriting tops typing for the following reasons.
It's Educational for Kids
If you have young children, let them see you writing with a pen so they'll imitate you. Many experts on the human brain believe it's easier for children to remember letters when they routinely write them by hand, as opposed to just looking at them in books and on screens.
Moreover, pens allow children to exercise their creativity. When they use these implements, they can make their letters whatever size they'd like. They can doodle and write upside down, backwards and so on. This sort of playing around helps kids to grasp the vast possibilities and joys of language.
It Improves Note-taking
These days, of course, many high school and college students record notes on laptops and other electronic devices. Professionals who attend conferences and other business events often do likewise. If you're one of those people, you might want to rethink this practice.
Since handwriting requires more effort, people who take notes with pens tend to write down only the most pertinent details. Thus, they end up with study guides that are crisper, clearer and easier to review. Not to mention, with paper, you won't be tempted to check your email or various websites during meetings and classes.
Plus, when it's time to take a test or present the information you've heard, you'll probably remember more if you've taken down handwritten notes. You may even be able to picture in your mind certain words, phrases and sentences in your own penmanship.