Rob Harrison of Loftgeeks submitted this post this week:
The more that I type and use my computer, the worse my writing gets with pencils or any other implement. I don’t even own a pencil sharpener anymore, and have great difficulty finding pens. Whenever I’m on the phone and say “wait, let me grab a piece of paper” I actually am rushing to my laptop to open NotePad and type up a quick note. Even I can barely understand my own handwritten print, and my cursive is quickly going down the tubes as well. Yet my typing speed has soared over 150 words per minute and since my PDA (a Sony Clie) joined the daily contents of my pocket, the need to write by hand diminishes more rapidly each day. Only my PDA need recognize my attempted scrawls in the Grafiti 2.0 language, and I’ve begun to handwrite printed letters in the Grafiti style instead of my own. In the digital age, I wonder if pencils are quickly becoming a dying breed and will soon be replaced by smart paper technologies.
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