What is your opinion on the degeneration of handwritten works in today’s society?
I think the degeneration of handwritten works reflects high dependence on technology as a medium for communication. There are various benefits that can come with handwritten… stuff.
I think it’s too bad. Knowing how to write is art in itself and writing neatly in cursive is like a masterpiece. It takes a lot of patience and focus to not only write by hand, but also to make it look presentable. Since we’re in a world and age so dominated by technology, it becomes an inconvenience to write by hand.
In our society today, too many of us find ourselves too busy to stop and handwrite a love letter, a poem, an idea, or even something so simple as a to-do list. We instead turn to our cellphones and computers. We rather text our loved ones as opposed to a thought-out, heartfelt letter-something that would immediately mean more and get a point across much better. We turn to convenience as opposed to passion. I personally find handwriting something as simple as a to-do list much more helpful. I find song writing with paper and a pencil much more fulfilling, and rewards me with something I am much more proud of.
[Handwriting is] being taken over by computers like the one I’m typing on right now, but that doesn’t mean it is all bad. It has pros and cons like everything else. It’s faster and more convenient, but it isn’t as much of an art form as writing by hand can be. I think handwriting and typing are both skills that everyone should use and they should be harmonious.
It’s merely an obvious consequence of the practicality of technology. There are few negative ramifications that typed works have brought and rather more positive. I must say there is more intimacy and sincerity in handwritten works, but as long as one continues to write, I don’t think it matters which means of writing one undertakes. It’s just a matter of personal preference.