How our love of lists pre­vents hand­writ­ing be­ing writ­ten off

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THE pen used to be might­ier than the sword – but now the key­board is king it risks be­ing writ­ten out of his­tory.

So thank heav­ens for the shop­ping list – one of the few tasks keep­ing hand­writ­ing alive, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey.

In fact, now that emails have taken over, pens are used to com­pile shop­ping and to-do lists al­most four times more of­ten than to write let­ters. But de­spite the dom­i­nance of texts and so­cial me­dia, hand­writ­ten notes still have their place in ev­ery­day life.

Of 2,000 adults polled, 23 per cent said their main rea­son to write by hand was to make a list. Sec­ond at 21 per cent was writ­ing in a card, while 15 per cent cited fill­ing in forms. Other rea­sons in­cluded sign­ing for parcels and de­liv­er­ies. This com­pared with 6 per cent of peo­ple who said com­pos­ing a let­ter was the main rea­son to write.

The poll by greet­ings card firm Clin­tons found 80 per cent of peo­ple were more likely to trust a hand­writ­ten mes­sage.

Ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Ron­ald Mann, of Columbia Law School in the US, the phys­i­cal act of sign­ing a name can in­crease the au­thor’s own level of sin­cer­ity.

Clin­tons spokesman Tim Fairs said: ‘No­body can deny that thanks to tech­nol­ogy, writ­ing and send­ing mes­sage is eas­ier than ever be­fore. The only prob­lem is that the most im­por­tant mes­sages be­tween friends and fam­ily can eas­ily lose their im­pact ... the phys­i­cal act of writ­ing – and sign­ing your name – still car­ries a weight that pix­els can’t eas­ily match.’

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