All The Ways Handwriting Trumps Typing [Infographic]

All The Ways Handwriting Trumps Typing [Infographic]

The debate over hand writing important notes versus typing them is one we’ve hit on before, but this graphic lays out all of the data clearly, and even offers some tips on choosing a writing implement based on the type of notes you’re taking.

Granted, the graphic below comes from National Pen, who has a vested interest in making sure you actually put pen to paper and take physical notes, but the information within is still useful. In addition to pointing out that some of the benefits of typing are that it’s faster and more convenient, but writing improves memory recall and encourages critical thinking. Luckily, there are ways to have your cake and eat it too, like using a stylus to write on a tablet, or scanning your paper notes for easy reference in a service like Evernote.

Either way, check out the graphic below for a little more on the topic, some suggestions for the best ways to take notes (including using multiple colours and mind mapping), and their thoughts on what your choice of pen says about you personally (a far less scientific perspective, I’ll add.)

All The Ways Handwriting Trumps Typing [Infographic]

[Via National Pen]


  • I have a feeling a lot of this is based on subjectivity of the individual doing the note taking. That is, someone who is brought up writing notes by hand, may find the act of writing notes by hand easier and also maintain a stronger bond with said notes. On the other hand, most kids brought up today are not by wrote taking notes by hand. Rather, they take notes on their computers, or tablets.

    I know that I rarely take notes by hand, and am quicker to open up sticky notes on my computer or a blank notepad.txt file and take notes that way, than by pulling out a piece of paper.

    Moreover, I find that when I write notes on pieces of paper, I tend to forget out said note until it is useless. Whereas, a note taken on my computer, where I am constantly engaged with work, would catch my eye constantly and thus be followed up upon in a much more timely fashion.

  • I still carry pens and paper almost everywhere I go, they mainly get used from from writing ideas down to drawing out diagrams. I can’t type notes, for me they get lost with everything else I have open and even forget where I saved the file to go with it.

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