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It didn’t start with a pen, but a reed with a brush at the tip, and it didn’t start with ink, but a mixture of soot, water and vegetable gum. There definitely was a piece of papyrus. Around 2400 BC, Egyptian culture bestowed upon the world a great gift: the ability to write on paper.

From the first Egyptian pictograph to the modern day sticky note, a recent study suggests that the preferred form of conveying ideas, especially in the business world, continues to be the handwritten word. With a myriad of technological advances in communication at our fingertips, will handwriting persist and does it possess any unique qualities?

There’s no arguing that laptops, iPads and smart phones enable us to communicate instantly. Surprisingly, according to a study conducted by Forrester Research, 87 percent of business professionals still use handwritten notes in addition to digital media. The study concludes that by integrating handwritten notes with digital communication, workflow and overall productivity increases dramatically. Think to-do lists.

One reason behind this has existed since the first pictograph. A person’s handwriting is just as unique and individual as their fingerprint. Derived from the Greek grapho meaning “writing” and logos meaning “word,” graphology is the study of handwriting, especially when regarded as an expression of the writer’s character, personality and abilities. While many consider graphology pseudoscientific, the “personal” quality of the handwritten word indisputably conveys a different type of information, a written equivalent to tone of voice in conversation. A more respected term for the study of handwriting is graphemics.

Handwriting also has benefits for the writer.  Researchers believe that the simple act of constructing the letters and forming words and symbols on paper increases our ability to recall information. Whether or not composition on a digital device has similar benefits is an open question.

Find out how keeping a daily log (call it a diary or a journal), is proven to improve your productivity, here.

Do you find yourself using handwriting less frequently as digital devices become more common? If you take notes on your computer, can you memorize facts as effectively as copying them by hand? Let us know, below.

Charcoal grill blamed for apartment fire.(News)

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) March 30, 2012 Byline: Melissa Silverberg msilverberg@dailyherald.com What started as a resident grilling lunch on a nice day turned into a large apartment fire in Aurora that injured no one but left half the building’s units uninhabitable.

A resident at the complex on the 1800 block of Westfield Drive was grilling hot dogs before leaving for work around 2 p.m. Tuesday. While he was gone, winds picked up and blew hot embers into the siding and wooden deck, causing the fire to spread quickly, Deputy Fire Chief John Lehman said.

A neighbor called the fire department shortly after 5 p.m. and within a half-hour crews extinguished the fire. No tenants were injured but officials estimate damage at more than $300,000, Lehman said. charcoalgrillnow.com charcoal grill

At least three units had major damage, including that of the man whose grill started the fire. Five other units sustained smoke and water damage, Lehman said.

The apartment complex operators were able to find housing for the displaced residents. The man has not been cited and officials have not yet determined if he will be.

The fire serves as a reminder that grilling can be dangerous and city ordinances prohibit tenants from having grills on their balconies for safety reasons, Lehman said.

“Now that we’re coming into the grilling season, we want to make sure people are aware that one tenant in a structure can affect the lives of all the others by not following the rules,” he said.

The city ordinance prohibits operation of charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices “on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.” Although Aurora firefighters can’t spend all their time looking for illegally placed grills, Lehman said most apartment complexes have rules against grills written into the lease and the city can enforce reported violations. go to site charcoal grill

He asked people who see a violation to call the Aurora Fire Prevention office at (630) 256-4001.

172 Comments

  1. MUBARAK MAHMOUD -  April 2, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    HAND WRITING WILL FLOURISH ON EARTH UNTIL THE KINGDOM COME !

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  2. Vanessa -  July 17, 2013 - 7:16 am

    I couldn’t have made it through university without the ability to write in cursive… I had students around me typing away what the prof was say, others looking at pictures of cats, and I was one of few people still writing on paper… I brought my laptop with me one day to see what the fuss was all about and found that at the end of my classes, I didn’t remember much from the entire lecture.
    What frightens me is that I’ve had younger people try to tell me I’ve misspelled something because they can’t read cursive writing… I’ve had professors ask me what my cursive capital “I” was…they thought it was a D! Cursive writing will probably die out, but hopefully writing on paper altogether will be here to stay.

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  3. CLS -  January 23, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    I have an awful memory, but if i write something down I will remember it. I am especially bad at remembering numbers, but if i write them down it’s not a problem for me to recall them later. Even as much as 3 days later.

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  4. Crystal A. R. -  July 12, 2012 - 9:47 am

    I really enjoy writing. The feel of pen to textured paper, nothing like it.

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  5. Nicolas Smith -  July 3, 2012 - 6:48 pm

    Kristin on June 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm
    I havent written a word in a year. I dont even remember how to do it any more! We dont need to know how to do it, it is a waste of time.

    jk
    kristin
    DEAR KRISTEN IT”S NOT A WASTE OF TIME TO WRITE BY HAND

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  6. Lin Rin -  June 26, 2012 - 6:41 pm

    YES, it will.
    Technology has typing but it also has tablets which has stylus which people use to write with on the tablet.
    So basically, writing will live through this “technology” era because of tablets.
    Typing is just my other way of writing fast but I can also write at pretty much the same speed and have a great quality of handwriting.

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  7. Tim Kramar -  June 26, 2012 - 12:34 pm

    I’ll be listening to the TV, and hear about something that I want to record later, or read more about. I may or may not have the computer on, but even if I’m on the computer, I don’t want to stop what I’m doing to look it up then and there, so I write a note.

    Plus, I work crosswords in the newspaper or in a book of puzzles. Kinda hard to type that in.

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  8. Hank -  June 26, 2012 - 11:37 am

    After many year of being able to type above 140 wpm my handwriting is now indecipherable. I can generally get through one sentence that is somewhat readable (with effort), but legibility goes downhill from there.

    Now that so many people are texting (thumbing), I wonder what the outcome will be for their handwriting in another 20 years.

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  9. BP -  June 26, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Do they mean cursive writing or just writing by hand? I have always hated cursive writing with a passion so I just print.

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  10. Skrillex -  June 24, 2012 - 8:42 am

    As a producer of dubstep, i prefer to use a computer because I am always at one. It is easy to just open up notepad and type away. Handwriting aches my hand and that isn’t good because i need to be able to use my hand fast on a computer. After all, I am producing music 24/7.

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  11. miss fab -  June 11, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    What do you think about schools not teaching cursive anymore?

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  12. NII -  June 7, 2012 - 11:06 am

    I guess if we can make it without handwriting. In the long run, both are essential tools for our time.

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  13. Name not mentioned -  June 5, 2012 - 8:51 pm

    Okay, I know I am typing right now, but I absolutely like writing. If it didn’t exist, then how did we communicate with paper to send letters to other countries? Well, you either walk all the way there, or you don’t give the info at all. Plus, you wouldn’t need to know how to spell because of Spell Checker. We would just have an empty place in our brain, and if we don’t know how to write, how well would you do in school? Yeah, you could use Microsoft Word, but what if the teacher prints it? Well, you either got to type the entire thing up, or you write it. Also, what if you’re writing a blueprint with pictures on it for an inventions? You can’t just find the pictures you want and have a label already. You have to draw it and label it with handwriting. We really need to keep this ancient art going, and know that writing is important to you, me, and everyone in the world.

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  14. Gabriel .L -  June 4, 2012 - 5:59 pm

    :P :)

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  15. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:26 am

    SORRY NOT TO WRITE :(
    iM TYPING :)

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  16. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:25 am

    ha ha ha SORRY FOR NOT WRITING :( iM TYPING :)

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  17. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:22 am

    Do u mean that person goes like”Darn!!! Halfway through a letter ive forgotten how to write” Besides maybe it will be KO cause typin’ is much faster. ’cause now people use computers ipads and other fancy stuff, it will be really hard to survive.i think people must be confused now ’cause of this article anyway…………………
    …………..

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  18. Gabriel .L -  June 3, 2012 - 5:11 am

    Well, Im really confused ’bout it ’cause u say that handwriting is faster than writing? ya sure its true??? I dont think so ’cause many people type faster than just writing. Anyway, i take it as FINGER EXERCISE!!!

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  19. Unknown -  June 2, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    I think both typing and writing are part of our daily needs in education.

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  20. Jane -  May 18, 2012 - 3:41 pm

    I was in an accident when I was 12 that severed some nerves in my right hand. I still have some usage of it (enough to feed and dress myself) but not enough to really write with it. I can sign my name and scrawl a few words but nothing more. I am in my 30s now and suffered for years because of this. Also, serious arthritis runs in my family – my mother, aunt and grandmother both have had very bad arthritis in their hands since about the age of 40. I have a PhD and am very successful in my chosen field (I am a workaholic) yet I have been called lazy and stupid multiple times purely because of my inability to write by hand. Including by tutors who were aware of my disability. Prejudices die hard.

    The rise of modern technology over the past decade or so has understandably made me very, very happy. There is physically no way that I could have achieved a tenth of what I have done without computers and smart phones. I get angry when people associate negative qualities like laziness to poor handwriting or an unwillingness to write by hand. Obviously not everyone who has poor handwriting has a medical reason, but considering there are millions of people who do – some of whom could not function without this modern technology – please think before you judge them.

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  21. a peep -  May 13, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    umm, im better at handwriting. still new to tecnology!! when i was lil, my bro wouldnt let me use the computer, cuz he thought i would make it get ” viruses”!!!!! im still tryin to type fast. i get embarrassed at school wen we go on the computers cuz people around type fast!! ps im 12!! my bday wAS ON friday!! the 11! pss i started wring this at 6:32 and finished at 6:38!!LOLL

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  22. KATIE -  May 9, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    I have like the neatest handwriting in the world! I also have straight A+’s and if you dare to question, aww, c’mon was there ever a time that you just made one mistake? just one?, and I’m all like ‘ well, from the first time I started school and all the way to my graduation in college, there was never a mistake in my report card. NEVER!’ and everyone is like ‘I doubt that’. But, the truth, I never made a mistake.

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