Handwriting Matters campaign urges people to write more and take moment away from devices

Sorry, but our content is only available within the UK

Sorry, no compatible source and playback technology were found for this video. Try using another browser like Chrome or download the latest Adobe Flash Player.

Sorry, video is not available for your device…

Handwriting Matters campaign urges people to write more and take moment away from devices
23rd January 2017

With so many people choosing to use electronic devices to take notes and send messages, it seems writing by hand is at risk of becoming extinct.

And this is why Pen Heaven launched their campaign called "Handwriting Matters".

Not only is handwriting good for our health, writing in a journal is a great way to prep for meditation and practice mindfulness. Keeping to-do lists for the next day have also been proven to help you get a better night's sleep.

Keith Cole, Pen Heaven’s CEO, said: "Putting pen to paper is great for spontaneity and creativity, and can also be therapeutic. Keeping notes and writing action points into a notebook is often cited by people in positions of responsibility and leadership as helping their success."

It is believed that people started writing by hand more than 6,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. However, now, fewer people pick up a pen as part of their day to day lives because of the popularity of electronic devices.

The Handwriting Matters campaign urges people to "use it or lose it" when it comes to handwriting.

And the National Handwriting Association agrees about the importance of handwriting and that writing by hand is vital for building children's literacy skills.

A charity spokesman said: "Time devoted to the teaching and learning of letter formation in the early years will pay off. Legible writing that can be produced comfortably, at speed and with little conscious effort allows a child to attend to the higher-level aspects of writing composition and content.

"This is important when assessments are based on written work, particularly in time-limited written examinations, which remain as a major form of assessment for many formal qualifications. Without fast and legible handwriting, students may miss out on learning opportunities and under-achieve academically."

Find out more about the campaign here.

With today being National Handwriting Day, why not take time out from your devices and write?

Related articles

More in London life

Sexual abuse victim Ione Wells on how she found hope again

While her own attacker reflects on his actions – Ms Wells hosts workshops in schools and colleges to talk to young people about consent

Lord Leach: Only 'big picture' reform will keep Britain in the EU

Through his think-tank Open Europe, Lord Leach is at the heart of the referendum debate, consulted by both camps. He explains to Margareta Pagano...

Ex-Autonomy chiefs say HP was warned over revenue growth

A due diligence report  for HP mentioned accounting differences