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hand writing versus digital writing

Published 3 months ago • 1 min read

Up until the invention of the keyboard, I don't think there was a way writers could speed up their writing.

Maybe shorthand? I dunno.

But I have this theory...

My theory is, when we sit in front of a computer and type, we are writing faster than we can think.

Hand writing, on the other hand, gives us a pace where we can think carefully about what we're writing, because we can only write so fast.

I've never measured to see how many words I can handwrite in a minute, but there are several online tests you can take to see how fast you can type.

While writing this e-mail, I took a quick break to take one of those tests.

It revealed I type right around 88 words per minute.

I'd be willing to bet I can write less than half that when I'm journaling.

In fact, I just looked at a journal I was writing in, and estimation has it I write about 25-30 words per minute.

What to make of this information?

First of all, I think it's worth having both a digital and hand writing experience.

They're two very different experiences, and we can benefit from both.

Second, I believe humans are hyper-adaptive.

In the context of digital writing, that means we have the ability to think as fast as we need to so we can effectively type 75+ words per minute.

I'm curious about your writing habits. Do you write anything by hand? Or do you do all your writing on a computer, tablet, or phone?

What kind of observations have you made about the differences between hand writing and digital writing, if any?

Hit 'reply' and gimme your take.


Creator Chronicles

by Neil Kollipara

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