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.