NEW YORK – How do you rate your handwriting? A new survey shows that nearly half of Americans have difficulty reading their own handwriting, leading to problems in the workplace.
The survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the writing company Bic, showed that not only 45% of people struggle to find their own writing, but their poor handwriting skills led to two examples of miscommunication at work with colleagues. Perhaps it is because one in two say that others have told them that it is difficult to read their texts.
Seven out of ten respondents agreed that struggling to read a colleague’s handwriting is a common challenge.
The study also revealed some of the underlying pressure of the handwriting. When asked what they would feel if they had to write sentences on a whiteboard for their peers, a third said it would be sensitive, while 23% were “terrified” by the prospect.
And despite the fact that so many people have trouble reading their own work, many of us still prefer handwritten material. In total, 86% said they write notes for themselves as a primary method for organization, with “writing lists” as the most common method that Americans use to organize their tasks in their heads. Even half of the technically skilled millennials are still turning to the pen when it comes to plans or taking notes.
“Despite all the technology available to us, writing continues to be an important part of everyday life, whether it’s communicating with a loved one, organizing itself or keeping memories,” notes Janel Lewis, director of Stationery Marketing for Bic , in a statement.
The most common written material that could be misread was shopping lists, greeting cards or Christmas cards and thank you notes.
Although seven out of ten respondents said they were eager to learn at school, 64% said they wanted more emphasis on handwriting over the years. Similarly, one in four parents who took part in the survey felt that teachers should spend more time on the importance of handwriting in the classroom.