Millennials are keeping handwriting alive


They might be the tech generation, but millennials appreciate the art of handwriting more than any other age group, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 American adults sought to uncover our relationship with handwritten notes, handwriting and email in the digital age.

Results showed millennials not only appreciate writing more but are more likely to keep hold of hand-written keepsakes than those in their fifties.

The research, which was conducted by handwritten note service, Bond, found millennials also tend to have a lot more confidence in their handwriting, with 33 percent reporting they have “very good” handwriting, compared to just 17 percent of those 55 or older.

According to the results of the survey, 81 percent of respondents consider a handwritten note to feel more meaningful than email or text, with millennials, surprisingly, leading the pack.

Nearly nine in ten (87 percent) millennials value handwritten notes more than alternative means of communication.

However, the study also definitely points to a decline in people writing by hand, in lieu of more convenient technology.

A third (33 percent) of Americans haven’t received a handwritten note in over a year, with 15 percent saying it’s actually been longer than five years since they got one.

Three in four Americans (75 percent) said they haven’t written any sort of note to someone by hand in at least a month and 15 percent haven’t written a note in over five years. Three percent report they have, in fact, never written something to somebody by hand.

“While sending and receiving handwritten notes used to be a commonplace practice before the internet, it’s much rarer now,” said Julie Noyce, General Manager of Bond.

“Now that handwriting and physical forms of communication are more of a novelty, millennials are excited about them and about sending handwritten notes in general.”

While sending an email or text message may be a lot more convenient than writing a note by hand, it may sacrifice a lot more than you think, as far as perception goes.

Sixty percent of Americans said they’d indeed like to receive more handwritten notes than they currently do.

Sixty-onepercent reported that receiving a handwritten note from a company would make them view that company more favorably, with 63 percent saying it would even make them more likely to read it.

And millennials proved to be the most sentimental generation, with 50 percent saying they “always” keep and save personal handwritten notes, which was over double the amount compared to people aged 55 or older (25 percent).

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