Handwriting Muscles May Weaken with Less Practice, Device Overuse
Writing by hand may feel difficult for many of us due to device obsessions
Aisha Attah used to write by hand a lot, whether for schoolwork or in her journal. But after the pandemic began, Attah, 20, found herself spending more time online — and less with a pen and paper. Months later, in a meeting at her first job, Attah tried taking notes by hand.
"It was incredibly uncomfortable," said Attah, a brand marketing executive in Southampton, England.
Handwriting is a fine motor skill that isn't innately learned; it needs to be taught and practiced. It also is a skill that benefits us by stimulating our brain: We remember information better when we write it down by hand, research shows.
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