Some children often complain that they don’t like writing at all, as this is indeed time-consuming and tiring sometimes. But, there are number of benefits of handwriting you should know and inform your children, as well.
1. It makes you a better writer
Many famous authors opt for the meticulousness of writing by hand over the utility of a typewriter or computer. In a 1995 interview with the Paris Review, writer Susan Sontag said that she penned her first drafts the analog way before typing them up for editing later. “I write with a felt-tip pen, or sometimes a pencil, on yellow or white legal pads, that fetish of American writers,” she said. “I like the slowness of writing by hand.”
Elementary school students who wrote essays with a pen not only wrote more than their keyboard-tapping peers, but they also wrote faster and in more complete sentences.
- It is better for learning
One of the most effective ways to study and retain new information is to rewrite your notes by hand.” One study from 2010 found that the brain areas associated with learning “lit up” much more when kids were asked to write words like “spaceship” by hand versus just studying the word closely.
- It will prevent you from being distracted
The computer in front of you is a time-sucking portal to puppy videos and friends stalking. Of course, the internet isn’t all bad. On the other hand, when you’re all GIF’d-out and it’s time to work on that dissertation, there’s something to be said for the elegant simplicity of having only a pen and paper in front of you… especially since that paper probably isn’t plugged into the distraction-laden internet. Try writing with laser-like focus for short 20-minute stretches at a time.
- It keeps your brain sharp as you get older
Writing longhand is a workout. No, not necessarily for your wrist, but for your brain. According to The Wall Street Journal, some physicians claim that the act of writing — which engages your motor-skills, memory, and more — is good cognitive exercise for baby boomers who want to keep their minds sharp as they age.
the source: mentalfloss.com