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National Stationery Week 2018

National Stationery Week

As we approach National Stationery Week, hosted on 23rd – 29th April 2018, we reflect on the importance of penmanship. This week is a celebration of writing by hand and providing communities with the opportunity to discuss their favourite products and retailers to encourage more people to pen letters by hand again.

But why is it so important to continue writing by hand?

  1. Cognitive Advancements

Despite fast typing being a skill that’s easy to acquire, it isn’t the most efficient for your memory. Handwriting letters, reports and revision notes allows you to absorb the information a lot easier. This is because your brain can summarise and comprehend information more effectively when it’s committed to writing them down, as you have more time to focus.

  1. Learning to Read

Learning to handwrite is believed to make learning to read a much easier experience.

At Aix-Marseille University, Marieke Longchamp and Jean-Luc Velay conducted an experiment on 76 children, aged 3-5 years old. Their results showed that the children who were taught to write letters by hand found it easier to recognise them compared to the group that learnt to type on a computer. They also conducted a similar experiment on adults and found the same response.

This demonstrates the close link between reading and handwriting and how it can open up many learning opportunities that a keyboard can’t as easily. And as modern curriculums begin to focus more on computing over handwriting, it grows the concern on how difficult future generations will find learning to read.

  1. Greater Graphic Freedom

For many people, your art can only be as good as your canvas. So, when comparing pen on paper over print on a screen, there’s a big difference when it comes to design limits.

Claire Bustarret, a specialist on codex manuscripts at the Maurice Halbwachs Research Centre, discusses the difference between the two medias. With a computer, you can change the size, fonts and colours, but it’s very restrictive when trying to create a form that isn’t already available on the system. Whereas, with writing on paper you have the freedom to create literally any style you desire with very few limitations, therefore granting you greater graphic freedom.

This also provides you the space to be more creative. When using a paper canvas, it encourages your brain to slow down and analyse the bigger picture. As well as inspires you to consider more abstract concepts using basic shapes and phrases.

Here at Discount Office UK we still believe in the power of handwriting, as the uniqueness and personal touch from penning a letter simply cannot be replaced by robotic, standardised typing. We supply a wide range of Stationery to cater to ever writer and business eager to keep the tradition alive. Visit our website to view our full range and for more benefits of handwriting, view our previous post.

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