The evolution of technologies is changing the way or method we used to do things, from the invention of Internet to the popularity of social media. Moreover, the paperless system is now considered a green way to store and share information. When a child progresses from a primary school to a higher education level, the chances of using their hands to write seem to decrease gradually.
Are We Being Controlled by the Technologies?
We develop new habits whenever a new technology is out for us if we choose to use it. Now if you have a tablet, you can almost do every general task like emails, creating business documents, blogging, and online video chat, etc. To learn a new language, tablets can be a great assistant tool because you can learn a specific language without the location restriction. If you have an Internet connection, you can download ebooks, apps or games to enrich the fun of learning a language.
Do We Physically Write Less and Less Nowadays?
Yes, most of us are. We write out a word that we are thinking in our head. Does it necessary match every single time? Have you ever noticed that sometimes you can’t write out a particular word straight away even though you know the word? If we dig deeper, we can see the issue that we have developed over time. We type emails instead of writing letters. We type all kinds of documents using an electronic device. We do physically write less nowadays.
Typing and touch screen technology could have some impacts on the hand writing skills long-term wise. In other words, there can be a development of time lag between your brain processing a word and the action of your hand to actually write that word out. This means that your brain and the writing hand are probably not synchronized.
For example, we want to write ‘affect’ but you are thinking of choosing either ‘affect’ or ‘effect’. There is a time loss because the word is not written out instinctively. This is important to use your hand to practice writing in language learning.
What Should We Consider?
I think writing is also an important part of communication, not just speaking. We need to stimulate our brains to build new neural networks from reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The imbalance of either one element is not recommended when learning a language.
This post is to get you to think about the importance of hand writing skills. We need to have our bodies and brains working together at the same pace. This does not limit to the language learning only.
You lose it if you don’t use it.