At work today I had to use a pen to write something down, and at that moment I realised something: I hardly ever write any more.
Now I don't mean I hardly ever write action-adventure novels any more (lol), but rather in the past year and a bit it has been a rare occasion in which I have to pick up a pen or pencil and actually write something down on paper.
Since I have finished uni I don't have any more essays to write (I always wrote out essays first before typing them), I don't have any lecture notes to record, and I don't have any more written exams.
All that I have really written in the past year is the occasional brief notes (like a phone number or address), or to fill out some sort of administrative form either for work or for the bank, government, etc.
I actually find it a bit scary. Almost everything I do know is typing on a keyboard; I wouldn't be too surprised if after a while i'd pick up a pen and forget how to use it.
I don't actually enjoy writing at all so I haven't missed it that much. I've always had atrocious handwriting, to say it looks like a six year-old's would be insulting to first-graders. I remember a year ten teacher advising me that I should take corrective handwriting classes to improve its legibility, and thus I actually consider myself lucky that I passed all my written essay exams at school and uni.
In this increasingly digital age I think that we'll see more kids growing up with handwriting like mine. Here's something to ponder: as more kids use keyboards instead of pens to communicate, will we start to see a generation that is only two thirds literate: a generation that will be able to read and type, but not write anything?