The Link Between Handwriting & Success [Video]


According to a Florida International University study the quality of your handwriting may predict your level of success. The study looked at the handwriting skills of 1,000 pre-K and second grade students and revealed that the students with better writing skills ended up earning better grades. The students with higher handwriting scores averaged “B” grades while those with lower handwriting scores only earned “C” grades.

The study’s author concluded that it may have something to do with the child’s ability to pay attention and focus.

Students who struggle with their writing skills may be placing their focus on the act of writing, rather than the material.

While this makes sense for children who are just learning to write, what about adults, particularly those who recognize their handwriting skills may have simply deteriorated with age (I’d put myself in that camp!)

Well, as the article about the study points out, messy handwriting may simply be the result of being in a hurry. After all, doctors are notorious for their messy handwriting and I think most people would consider doctors intelligent and successful.

I guess I’d also have to wonder if all of our time spent on computers doesn’t have something to do with it, too.

After all, how much do we actually use handwriting these days? We don’t send letters, we compose emails. We don’t write, we type. One has to wonder what impact, if any, this has on our handwriting abilities. And how, or if, it impacts our level of success.

Nonetheless, it’s an interesting topic to consider.

Especially given that younger generations are more digitally inclined and probably spend more time on computers than many adults. And, the fact that cursive writing is no longer being taught in some schools.

This video shares more details on the study and an interview with the study’s author.


About Debbie

After spending 32 years in marketing, Debbie now spends her time blogging, teaching online courses, doing volunteer pet therapy, and encouraging others to follow a more inspired path through life.

6 comments on “The Link Between Handwriting & Success [Video]

  1. Debbie, this clip was fascinating and revealed things that make intuitive sense to me. Actually more than just intuitive, since I know how different it feels for me to write on the computer or to write by hand — it is a fully different physical, neuro-motor activity, so of course it would make for different brain patterns and learning capabilities in young ones. I’ve often wondered what the effects of all of these keyboard activities (small and large) might have on development; now we have some clues. Thanks for sharing, and hopefully this study will gain widespread attention in shaping education policies.

  2. Hello Debbie
    It’s really amazing to see that they discovered such high rate of students with better grade average at school. This is really interesting and I love to see that teachers are encouraging penmanship so early with all the material in the classroom. Great post and really enlightening.

  3. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. But think of if you added some great photos or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and video clips, this site could certainly be one of the very best in its field. Fantastic blog!

  4. My dear, dear Debbie. The education system is subject to a psychometric paradox: on one hand, it relies by necessity on the standardized testing of intellectual achievement and potential, including general intelligence or IQ, while on the other hand, it is committed to a warm and fuzzy but scientifically counterfactual form of egalitarianism which attributes all intellectual differences to environmental factors rather than biology, implying that the so-called “gifted” are just pampered brats who, unless their parents can afford private schooling, should atone for their undeserved good fortune by staying behind and enriching the classroom environments of less privileged students.
    From where I sit, the bottom line is really very simple. There are many people these days who are quite low on knowledge and ability, but sport impressive college degrees and great jobs, sometimes even in academia itself. Yet, there are others who are at least as intelligent as the average college professor and possessed of the will and ability to contribute to society, but without a degree and at best menially employed. Many intelligent people eventually reach an impasse with the education system despite their best efforts, but when they attempt to make do without its stamp of approval, their situation becomes well nigh impossible, regardless of intellectual creativity, depth of thought or accomplishment.
    In other words, while education is obviously a dire social necessity, the education system shares a peculiar distinction with the mass media: both are ideal means of indoctrination, mental and behavioral conditioning, and social manipulation, all of which are practiced by the wealthy and powerful out of sheer self-interest, and all of which are diametrically opposed to intellectual depth and objectivity. This exposes the education system to forms of interference which bias it against certain ideas and compromise its basic educational functionality. Unfortunately, it appears to be unable to defend itself against such interference; while subjecting nearly everything but itself to ruthless deconstruction, it remains perfectly blind to its own systematic abuse of the gifted and non-gifted alike.
    Largely thanks to such interference, the education system is now seriously flawed. Its problems are almost too numerous to list: it is bureaucratic and peremptory, profit-oriented in a pyramidal way, full of prejudice against traditional American culture and values, and addicted to various articles of PC nonsense which it prosecutes aggressively and with astonishing intolerance and sanctimony. It worships orthodoxy, punishes originality, and often rewards intellectual mediocrity as if it were the sacred torch of human brilliance. Though unable to justify its highly standardized worldview, it demands near-perfect intellectual conformity therewith, thus creating a suffocating atmosphere for students and teachers alike. One could easily go on.
    Despite these failings, most people still see the education system as the universal incubator and caretaker of human knowledge, the cynosure of human intellectual progress, and a safe repository of the priceless intellectual resources of mankind, naively trusting in the integrity of honest and dedicated teachers and researchers to prevent outside forces from subverting its machinery for ulterior purposes. However, America’s steady decline in overall academic performance, and our current dismal socio-economic predicament – for both of which academia clearly bears a large measure of responsibility – show that this faith has been largely unwarranted.
    While some of the responsibility can be “kicked upstairs” to the political realm and beyond, educators are still left holding the bag. It is time for them to worry more about education, and less about guarding the power structure and promoting its conceptions of political correctness and social justice at a net loss of our most crucial intellectual resources. My suggestion extends also to worrying less about man-made ‘testing’ of scholastic ability – that is, of intellectual conformity – and handwriting quality – that is, of psychological nonconformity – and their correlates thereof, and more about God-made ‘cultivating’ of the creative potential of the human mind and the individual evaluation of it’s quality as demonstrated by actual achievement, including the field of visual forms such as writing symbolism, but not limited therein.
    I do sincerely hope this helps improve your understanding, my dear, dear Debbie.

  5. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I go into a greater analysis of our educational system in my book, Breaking the Spell, and the contribution I believe it has made to creating a society of people too focused on money and success, and living up to external standards. I do agree it is in need of reform. We need to focus on helping our youth prepare to make a contribution to our world. We need to teach them how to question, and think for themselves, not just memorize and regurgitate facts. We need to help them create fulfilling lives, and not just keep trying to measure up to what teachers, or society say they should be doing. It’s sad.

  6. Glad you enjoy the blog. FYI there are photos with each post and quite a few videos as well… at least one a week.

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