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Handwriting may soon become a thing of past

People may soon forget how to write! The days of using pen and paper may be numbered and the traditional way of jotting down a hand-written note appears to be becoming redundant, a new study has suggested.

world Updated: Jun 23, 2012 22:47 IST

People may soon forget how to write! The days of using pen and paper may be numbered and the traditional way of jotting down a hand-written note appears to be becoming redundant, a new study has suggested.

In a world where we increasingly tap out our thoughts, messages and reminders on a keyboard or a touchscreen phone, writing notes by hand is decreasing at a faster pace, with a typical adult not having written anything for almost six weeks, the study said.

The research, commissioned by online stationer Docmail, revealed that the average time since an adult last wrote by hand was 41 days. But it also found that one in three of us has not had cause to write anything “properly” for more than six months.

The report concluded that perhaps the next generation will be almost entirely keyboard-dependent.