When did you last write something? Not just tap it out on a keyboard, but actually write?
Statistics show that over two-thirds of Australians use a smartphone and that Australia is now ranked second in the world for smartphone penetration. Children are gaining access to technology at increasingly younger ages, with 38% of under 2-year-olds also using some form of mobile media!
It’s no secret that with new technology comes a new set of problems. 70% of Australian schools use either SMART boards or tablets during lessons. While it is helpful and necessary to have the latest technology in the classroom, is it also reversing part of the learning process?
Research has shown that handwriting is being sacrificed because technology is so convenient and fast. Technology is increasing the speed of communication from our brains to our fingers, often anticipating words quicker than we can get them down. Additionally, the standard of spelling and grammar is also decreasing, as people are relying heavily on automatic spell checking services on phones and computers.
Writing is an intimate form of communication, and because it’s becoming so rare, more people are holding it in high regard. John X, founder of online pop-up greeting card store www.3DCards.com.au, has found that a personal touch has become a unique selling point for businesses.
“When launching 3DCards in 2012, I realised that there was risk in opening a paper based business. However, I’ve found that sales of custom-made cards, in particular, have flourished. Businesses are looking to connect with their clients on a personal level. People crave that genuine gesture and it really pops amongst the competition.”
So, we say go the extra mile. Here are five simple ways of reviving the written word:
1. Post a thank you card
It is easy to show gratitude with a quick text or email. However, a beautiful card will really go the extra mile, strengthen relationships and create a lasting impression.
2. Attend a creative writing class
Creative writing is a fun and different way of self-expression, and who knows – you may even discover that you have a hidden knack for it.
3. Have a handwritten organiser
Put aside the electronics, and note down everything in an organiser. Of course, there is the added perk that your organiser won’t crash, or be irreparably damaged if you wet it.
4. Start a journal
Writing a journal can be a great way to hold onto memories. Many people also find it therapeutic, and a great way to de-stress at the end of the day. So give it a try.
5. Find a pen pal
Revive the blast from the past, and make a new friend from somewhere halfway across the world.
To encourage you to get out a pen and actually write, we’ve got five collections of beautiful POP-UP cards from 3Dcards.com.au for you to win.
Each collection is valued at $80 and includes six premium and two regular cards.
The total prize pool is $400, and entries close on 12th October.
Don’t forget to check on our other competitions also!