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The Benefits of Handwriting vs. Typing [Infographic]

Handwriting Vs Typing

With our smartphones and laptops, we’re typing on keyboards more frequently than writing by hand. Typing has become our go-to method of writing for everything, from work emails to personal to-do lists. While typing may be faster and more convenient, research shows handwriting has its own unique advantages.

So, if you’re an avid typist, do yourself a favor and take a look at these key benefits of handwriting vs. typing. Pick up a pad of paper and pen to take some handwritten notes!

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Effective Memory Recall

Though a little more time consuming, there are many benefits of handwriting your notes. Longhand notes allow for better short- and long-term memory recall because they contain your own words and handwriting. These can serve as effective memory cues by recreating the context and content from the original lecture or meeting.

When you write things out, you create spatial relations between each bit of information you’re recording. Handwriting activates parts of your brain involved in thinking and working memory, and allows you to store and manage information. The movement associated with the pen and your hand can help you encode and retain information long-term.

Sharpened Critical Thinking

Comparing handwriting vs. typing, you’re more exposed to critical thinking when you write by hand than when you type. Handwriting allows you to think more thoroughly about the information you’re recording. It encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections between them. This can be further enhanced by using different colored pen types as a color-coding system to organize thoughts and form more connections.

Strong writers can identify relationships between abstract ideas and also develop unconventional solutions to complex problems. If you do not write regularly, it may be more difficult to extract meaning from text and interpret the context of words and phrases.

Stronger Conceptual Understanding

When you write your notes by hand, you develop a stronger conceptual understanding than by typing. Since handwriting is slower and more tedious, it makes it harder to take notes verbatim. Therefore you have to actually process the information and summarize it in a way that makes sense for you.

This illustrates one of the other benefits of handwriting vs. typing. Handwriting forces your brain to mentally engage with the information, improving both literacy and reading comprehension. On the other hand, typing encourages verbatim notes without giving much thought to the information. This mindless transcription can lead to a lack of meaningful understanding and application of the information, although you may be able to type more words quickly.

Finding Your Pen Types for Handwriting

Handwriting is a neurosensory exercise, so it’s important to choose the pen types that fit your writing style and needs. Stylizing your handwritten notes gives you a chance to further analyze and organize thoughts and ideas to make note taking more efficient and personalized.

Five of the most popular pen types include:

Ballpoint Pens – the perfect solution for those looking for a no-frills pen that’s both easy and accessible to use.
Rollerball Pens – offer consistent ink flow with a variety of styles and point-sizes. Rollerball pens are great for those who want variation but still expect dependability.
Marker Pens – ideal for people who want a versatile pen for more than just writing. Typically marker pens are available in multiple pen tip sizes.
Gel Pens – designed for the bold and the creative, gel pens provide a smooth writing experience with eye-catching colors and effects.
Stylus Pens – combine tech with traditional writing. Stylus pens are an all-in-one solution for people who like writing by hand, but want the digital convenience associated with typing.

The benefits of handwriting don’t stop at more efficient and effective note taking – handwriting also allows you to take a deeper look at your personality. Now that you know more about handwriting vs. typing, see what your handwriting says about you! View our What Does Your Handwriting Say About You? infographic.

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National Handwriting Day is “Write” Around the Corner!

As keyboards and touchscreens continue to dominate our daily lives, the handwritten word has become something of an artform

handwriting penFor almost forty years now, National Handwriting Day has been observed on the 23rd of every January – and it was originally created to firmly emphasize the importance of the handwritten word.

Imagine how the world changed in the 1970s, as the introduction of the microprocessor led to the adoption of early compact business computers in the workplace. Computers became a viable office tool in 1977, when the first purpose-built microcomputers came to market. Interestingly enough, this was the first year that we celebrated National Handwriting Day. Every year since 1977, individuals from around the nation have recognized this day as a celebration of all things handwritten.

Why January 23rd?

Ask someone for their “John Hancock” and they’ll likely know that you’re asking for their signature. Hancock is remembered for many achievements, but his stylish and oversized signature on the Declaration of Independence is probably his most famous mark on history. Since his signature is such a memorable mark on this historical document, the founders of National Handwriting Day decided that January 23rd – Hancock’s birthday, would be the ideal day to celebrate all things handwritten.

What’s so important about handwriting?

Though electronic means of communication have improved the speed and accuracy with which we communicate, there is no replacement for the written word when it comes to conveying emotion. You’d never see a husband typing up a Valentine’s card for his lovely spouse, as the care taken in crafting the words on the card is a part of the emotional message. And, there’s a reason why emoticons and other graphic icons have become so popular in electronic communications today – there is a real need to delineate emotion that cannot be extracted from an electronic message. Simply put, handwriting conveys emotion and character in ways that a typed message never could.

What does your handwriting say about you?

On National Handwriting Day, take a moment to analyze your own handwriting. After all, there is a lot that you can learn about yourself by investigating the way you swoop your “e’s,” how large you write your “I’s,” and whether you leave much space between words.

For an in-depth and intriguing look at some of the psychological factors that correlate to an individual’s handwriting sample, view this infographic from National Pen, entitled What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Support the handwritten word – and your business!

To effectively promote your business and drive greater awareness of your brand, consider promotional marketing gifts that combine real world utility with an affordable price point. Writing pens make incredibly effective gifts, as they will see frequent use, can be used by virtually anyone, and cost pennies on the dollar for each unit.

On National Handwriting Day, add a batch of customizable writing pens to your marketing toolkit and you’ll shine a spotlight on your brand and drive sales to your organization. To make it even easier, take advantage of National Pen’s promotional offer – 15% on all pens when you use coupon code 15OFFPENS. This National Handwriting Day, take your business to the next level by delivering high quality writing pens at discounted prices – only from National Pen.

Top Marketing Fails [SlideShare]

Many companies find that their marketing message gets “lost in translation” during international ad campaigns

It can happen to anyone. You’re having a conversation with someone from another part of the country – or maybe even from another nation entirely, and you say something that really makes him or her gasp. What an odd reaction, you say; until you realize that what you were trying to say didn’t translate with the intended meaning. Major corporations around the world have also encountered these types of communication failures – the kind that cause marketing managers to shake their heads in disbelief and customers to question the motives of those in charge of the ads.

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Sometimes, marketing issues arise due to an incorrect translation between an English-speaking company and their international audience. Just ask Pepsi. Their international campaign targeted at the Republic of China touted that “Pepsi brings you back to life!” In China, this translated to “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the dead!” It is curious that a company as large and savvy as Pepsi wouldn’t ask for a consultation from a Chinese language or culture expert before launching a major ad campaign that promised to resurrect the dead.

Other companies have suffered similar marketing failures, especially those who have tried to jump all over the popularity of newsworthy world events. Kenneth Cole, the great, Brooklyn-based purveyor of trendy clothes and fashion accessories, decided to piggyback on the tumultuous events of the Arab Spring uprising in 2011 by tweeting “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online — KC.” With people dying in the streets and a nation facing severe political unrest, it was obviously considered in bad taste to make light of such a serious situation.

Several other companies, from Chevrolet to Gerber Baby Food, have committed catastrophic faux pas through a variety of marketing campaigns. Many marketing fails have resulted in absolutely hilarious situations – some of them providing lessons and insights into international customs and traditions that don’t end up aligning with Western marketing ploys. Others have emerged as truly insensitive or narrow-minded marketing activities that have tarnished the reputation of several well-known companies.

Whatever the result, there is a seemingly endless list of companies who have committed serious marketing fails over the past few decades. Here is a SlideShare of eight of the top marketing failures that demonstrate just how easy it is for an honest marketing message to get lost in translation – or for a company to offend millions via a simple Tweet.

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