Writing Makes You Smarter
You are not as smart as you could be.
You could be much, much more intelligent than you are.
And then, when you’ve written all you can write and you’ve achieved your desired greatness of intellect, remember: You are not nearly as smart as you could be.
There are a lot of voices out there whispering about how important the act of writing is for cognitive development:
- HuffPost – “Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter?“
- Lifehack – “Science Proved That People Who Love To Write Are Smarter“
- Inc – “Writing More Will Make You Smarter“
- Business Insider – “Here’s why writing things out by hand makes you smarter“
- Reader’s Digest – “Studies Say Handwriting Will Make You (and Your Kids) Smarter“
- The American Genius – “Does writing with pen and paper make you smarter than your digital peers?“
- Quartz – “Learn anything easily with this simple trick“
Or perhaps you thought aspects of an individual’s handwriting didn’t matter.
Psychology Today would beg to differ.
So would FYI Living, and Anne Mangen and Jean-Luc Velay in their piece “Digitizing Literacy: Reflections on the Haptics of Writing“.
Scientific research also has a way of accumulating support for the cause of intelligence:
- “The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking” – Pam A. Mueller & Daniel M. Oppenheimer
- “Note-Taking With Computers: Exploring Alternative Strategies for Improved Recall” – Dung C. Bui, Joel Myerson, and Sandra Hale
- “Highlights of Programmatic, Interdisciplinary Research on Writing” – Virginia W. Berninger
- Or this summary of research school administrators have been studying since an educational summit in 2012: “Handwriting in the 21st Century?“
When you are unemployed, are you writing to improve your circumstances? Stefanie P. Spera, Eric D. Buhrfeind and James W. Pennebaker point to writing efforts you could have been taking in their study “Expressive Writing and Coping with Job Loss“.
Or perhaps you are the kind of person who could be convinced by bloggers like these:
- A Call to Action – 5 Powerful Ways That Writing Can Make You Smarter (and How to Maximize Your Results)
- Jacqueline Wheeler’s Blog – Writing Makes You Smarter