It was as soon as the one approach to declare your love, pour out your ideas or, merely, jot down a to-do listing.
However lately the cellphone is way mightier than the pen as extra of us flip our palms away from writing to typing.
One in ten Britons say they haven’t handwritten something at all around the previous yr, in response to a survey.
And the younger are so glued to their devices that 11 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds say they’ve by no means even written a buying listing.
But, regardless of the transfer to digital, handwriting nonetheless hasn’t misplaced its attraction as two thirds admit it’s extra ’emotional’ than tapping one thing out on a gadget.
The survey, by household historical past web site Ancestry, requested 2,000 Britons about their writing habits.
One in ten Britons say they haven’t handwritten something at all around the previous yr, in response to a survey
The survey, by household historical past web site Ancestry, requested 2,000 Britons about their writing habits
It discovered that half desire to write down on a pc, pill or cellphone – citing communication pace and effectivity among the many foremost explanation why.
One in 5 additionally desire to go digital for spelling options like auto-correct and predictive textual content.
Emails, texts and social media messages have additionally discovered favour over conventional letters – with 1 / 4 of 18 to 24-year-olds admitting they’ve by no means penned one.
Forty per cent of that age group have additionally by no means written a love notice and 1 / 4 stated they’ve by no means saved any type of diary or journal.
Many added that they’ve by no means handwritten a postcard, memo or card – and 13 per cent admitted they’ve by no means even written a to-do listing.
Half of Britons aged between 18 and 34 declare it isn’t attainable to correctly categorical themselves on paper and really feel their social media profiles higher mirror them.
Despite this, almost half of Britons surveyed stated they want to obtain extra handwritten letters from family members and 4 in ten wished they despatched extra.
Over the previous yr, playing cards and buying lists have been the most typical gadgets individuals wrote by hand.
Graphologist Tracey Trussell stated that somebody’s handwriting ‘can inform you a lot about [their] id’.
She added: ‘There’s a lot to be uncovered by way of a easy signature or pen stroke.’
Simon Pearce, of Ancestry, stated: ‘Handwritten paperwork and signatures type such an enormous a part of the historic information at Ancestry.
‘By way of examples of our ancestors placing pen to paper, we will make form of who they have been and the way in which they left their mark on the world.’