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Has your handwriting deteriorated since primarily using computers?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Cromulent, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. Cromulent


    Joined: Nov 1, 2007

    Posts: 3,551

    Location: England

    I've recently found my old fountain pen (was very excited about that) and cleaned it out and filled it up with ink but my handwriting is awful. I do pretty much all of my work on a computer and can touch type reasonably quickly, but my handwriting has suffered.

    Has anyone else noticed that their handwriting has got worse after moving over to using computers for the majority of their writing?
  2. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 13, 2006

    Posts: 62,645

    Haven't found my handwriting has deteriorated but my spelling (which was never amazing anyhow) has suffered a lot when I have to write and don't have auto-spell checking hah.
  3. Street


    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 7,231

    Location: Liverpool

    I posted some seeds out in the week and had to write the addresses on the envelopes. It's the first time I've picked up a pen in god knows how long and my writing was awful!
  4. Vargas


    Joined: Apr 15, 2012

    Posts: 4,825

    Location: Aonach Dubh

    Yes, it’s shocking.
  5. Robzere31


    Joined: Nov 20, 2005

    Posts: 3,894

    Location: Redditch

    Yes my handwriting is terrible. Mind you even as a youngster it was never great, I blame being left handed! :D
  6. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: Apr 13, 2013

    Posts: 6,516

    Location: La France

    My handwriting has always been fairly iffy, but having not needed to write anything other than birthday and Xmas cards for the last 20 years, it’s almost indecipherable now.
  7. TonyTurbo78


    Joined: Sep 26, 2013

    Posts: 8,994

    Location: West End, Southampton

    No, I've always had terrible handwriting.
  8. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: May 10, 2004

    Posts: 10,385

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    Actually, my handwriting in primary school was already so bad that I was given lessons for touch typing. This was in 1989, aged 11. Then in secondary school, I was given an Amstrad electronic typewriter for note taking for most subjects. Maths was pretty much the exception where I was able to draw graphs and write equations ok.
  9. wesimmo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 19, 2012

    Posts: 2,313

    My handwriting is worse and my hand feels ready to drop off after writing out a page of A4.
  10. robfosters


    Joined: Dec 1, 2010

    Posts: 29,553

    Location: Welling, London

    Spelling has always come naturally to me. I could spell pretty much any word by the time I was 9.
  11. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,274

    Location: West mids

    My handwriting was terrible when I was younger but has actually improved with age even though I rarely write anything more than quick scribbles while I'm working on something these days.
  12. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 30,852

    Was never great to begin with.
  13. PinkFloyd


    Joined: Sep 21, 2005

    Posts: 13,919

    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    I struggle to read my own handwriting now... It's horrific. Luckily I can type quicker than I can write by hand anyway so it's not really a big issue!
  14. Ayahuasca


    Joined: Apr 23, 2014

    Posts: 18,706

    Location: County Durham

    Yes, mine looks childlike and I can’t do cursive anymore.
  15. Gerard


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 30,839

    Location: Ireland

    My handwriting has always resembled a lobotomized chimp with a pen in its mouth trying to write so i doubt it could get much worse :(
  16. BowdonUK

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 17, 2016

    Posts: 2,270

    It takes me longer to write, if I want it to look reasonable. I also get handache. I guess its my muscle memory as gone.
  17. Monkeynut


    Joined: Nov 7, 2007

    Posts: 6,334

    Location: Cheshire

    Mine has always been a spider crawling across the page tbh.
  18. koooowweeee


    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

    Posts: 4,680

    Location: Manchester

    If I need to write something I usually get the wife to write it
  19. malachi


    Joined: Jun 27, 2006

    Posts: 8,990

    Location: Earth

    I write on my iPad with PaperLike screen protector for studying and note taking. So it isn't too bad. Better back in the 90's though.
  20. LewisRaz

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 23, 2016

    Posts: 1,739

    Location: North Essex

    Mine has got neater when I am writing things out that need to look good.
    Filling out my sheets at work however I am surprised payroll can decipher it :D