Computer made handwriting «pupil plain»

Liis Velsker
, reporter
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While born with DNA and fingerprints, people acquire their handwriting with study and practice. Though at school all are taught to use the same kinds of  letters, all end up with an handwriting uniquely their own.  

Development of the handwriting is affected by characteristics both physiological (peculiarities of hand and nervous system) and psychological (personal taste, sense of beauty, character traits, examples).

Handwriting is shaped according to how much an individual writes. Whoever cuts his studies shorter, their handwriting is more likely to stick to shapes of letters learned at school.

«If a person’s handwriting is personal and developed, he may always also use the plain student type of handwriting. Whose handwriting has not developed, is unable to copy a more distinguished handwriting,» explained handwriting expert Eve Kristjankroon. Ones to have a developed handwriting are people like doctors who were forced to write a whole lot during studies at university.

But due to use of computers, we inevitably write less and less. The smart age is characterised by speed and ease. «These days we write less and it is obvious that people indeed get plainer in their handwriting,» said Ms Kristjankroon. «When a hundred years ago people paid huge attention to the beauty of handwriting, and the style, today the rare few try that hard. Rather, the handwriting is plain.»

Pictures: 1. Falsified handwriting (random sample vs written while with experts) 2. Simple and elaborate handwriting.