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Has your handwriting deteriorated since primarily using computers?

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

  1. Meddling-Monk


    Joined: Sep 2, 2013

    Posts: 649

    It's actually improved a bit, but that's because I use a proper tablet for certain parts of work and so I'm technically still handwriting. Which reminds me, need to grab some new nibs for the pen.
  2. almoststew1990


    Joined: May 12, 2011

    Posts: 4,594

    Location: Southampton

    I learned to type at the same time as learning to write as we got out first PC in 1994 or so. I also write quite a bit at work so my handwriting hasn't got worse since primarily using computers (technically it has got a lot better :D). It does look at lot like my Dad's handwriting over the last five years though, which is equally as despressing as it is interesting as the only time I see his writing is in cards or on his calendar etc!
  3. Werewolf


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 27,561

    Location: Panting like a fiend

    Mine has always been terrible, partly due to health issues when I was young and despite a year of tuition specifically to improve it I never managed to do so (at least not in a manner that was both readable and didn't take an age to do whilst causing pain).

    One of the reasons I initially got into computers was because I could write far faster (especially after taking typing lessons), on the computer and it was actually legible :)

    My father before his good eye started going wrong could do some utterly beautiful calligraphy and used to have a set of fountain pens with different nibs he would use from time to time.
  4. InfiniteNoise

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 3, 2011

    Posts: 1,071

    Mine's always been bad.

    Sometimes I can't read my own handwriting.
  5. Efour


    Joined: Sep 8, 2005

    Posts: 24,505

    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.

    Mine is about as childish as usual, but people compliment it which I find hilarious.

    My spelling now is atrocious because of spell check and autocorrect.
  6. Kronos


    Joined: Nov 11, 2009

    Posts: 3,761

    Location: Edinburgh

    No, it has always been poor.
  7. mollymoo


    Joined: Mar 5, 2009

    Posts: 2,904

    Location: North

    I'm exactly the same, I always had rubbish hand writing and it hasn't improved. It's hard for lefties :(
  8. UTmaniac


    Joined: Nov 9, 2005

    Posts: 4,838

    Location: Here

    Mine's definitely got worse, not just from keyboard typing replacing the written word, but also due to fracturing my right hand ~5 years ago and the consequent complications... Which have also impaired its co-ordination for other things such as racket sports a little.
  9. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,555

    Mine is perfection personified
  10. Bickaxe


    Joined: Nov 8, 2013

    Posts: 7,810

    Location: Fareham

    Mine has never been the neatest.
    Have noticed I can't write for a long since using a keyboard as often as I do now.
  11. bartledvd


    Joined: Jan 13, 2012

    Posts: 643

    Location: n.wales Rhuddlan

    No one could read my writing in school and same applies now sadly
  12. NMBlack


    Joined: Sep 21, 2013

    Posts: 532

    Location: London

    Being left-handed in a small, rural primary school in the late 70s-early 80's meant I had to teach myself to write, as none of the teachers (who were all right-handed) wanted to spend the time teaching me "the wrong way round".....my handwriting is terrible, and it now causes issues when I'm trying to help my daughter with her handwriting, as she sometimes questions why I tell her to write words in a certain (correct) way even though I don't do it myself.

    I don't think using a computer has affected my handwriting....it was bad in the first place.
  13. itchy


    Joined: Mar 29, 2011

    Posts: 4,782

    Mine has been bad from day dot, used to get kept behind in school to improve my hand writing it never worked.

    Am also a southpaw and now I just write in block capitals and even that's bad.
  14. viathinair

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 28, 2009

    Posts: 2,083

    Location: Englishman in the states.

    I used to have decent cursive but I've lost that except being able to write my name with it of course. Besides that, I can write fine.
  15. Rossi~


    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 18,833


    My handwriting is terribad. I went to 3 different lower schools who each taught me slightly different and by the time I went to upper school (yr 9 - 6th form) I wrote up everything on PC.
  16. Scania


    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 23,229

    Location: On the road....

    My handwriting has always been poor, not helped by not being able to bend my thumb therefore I hold a pen a bit unnaturally to some minds, on the other hand though, (no pun intended) I left school in 1987 and computers etc was still relatively in its infancy so far as day to day life was concerned so I’d actually say mines improved over the years albeit slightly.
  17. Tone1979

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 5, 2012

    Posts: 1,186

  18. darkgen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 8, 2005

    Posts: 2,330

    Location: London, UK

    Like others; I recall getting my first fountain pen in primary school, only after demonstrating I was proficient in cursive writing. I used to write a lot, especially in English and could reel off countless sheets of A4 in under an hour. Now; it is not great and a scrawl at best. I cannot even type that well either. What a disaster!
  19. Mujja


    Joined: Jan 7, 2003

    Posts: 2,661

    Location: Offline

    I usually only need to write now is when filling in a form. It's not easy writing neatly between narrow lines or small boxes when you haven't held a pen for a while. It also didn't help the last time where the clipboard was flimsier than the paper.
  20. byeo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 2,411

    Location: Sheffield/Nottingham

    I feel both my handwriting and spelling has gone south since using computers. My spelling has never been amazing but sometimes even simple words I have to think about before I write them down. I do like spellcheck but it's lazy at the same time.