is-the-art-of-writing-lostGone are the days when people actually write things down with pen and paper. Most people grab their electronic devices to document anything important, such as appointments, phone numbers, and etc. I feel like I am one of a few people left that actually write things down and don’t reach for their phone to document things. Don’t get me wrong – I use my phone for some things, just not everything. I never leave home without a pen and paper and also keep them on my nightstand.

I have noticed that others don’t really feel the same way. Electronic gadgets seem to be most people’s lifeline, which is great… as long as the computer doesn’t crash or the phone doesn’t break down and all is lost. I was at a networking event last month and we were playing a version of bingo with different phrases. One of the hardest ones to find was someone who keeps a physical calendar. I was one of very few people who actually do. I have been keeping a physical calendar since I was a senior in high school. It’s just something necessary for me to see something physically written down.

After this bingo game, I started thinking about when this change away from paper and pen started. It makes me wonder if the next generation will even know how to do simple things like signing and writing a check. Yes, technology does make things easier for us, but it also makes us lazy. We don’t really have to remember anything because it’s in our cell phones, tablets, and laptops.

It’s cool to see how far we have come in terms of technology – I just feel that we shouldn’t solely rely on it all the time. I can’t imagine what I would do without my phone, but I also can’t do without my pen and paper either.  I received a handwritten thank-you note last week which made my day; it reminded me how nice it is to get a handwritten note and how rare it really is.