In our mostly digital world handwriting hasn't been eliminated at all, although topics such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram being ever-present. Recently Finland's decision to remove cursive handwriting from the curriculum directed more attention to cursive and handwriting in general. And now the results of a representative survey by (n= 1.000), commissioned by Paperblanks, raise hope for a veritable comeback of handwriting. The survey shines light on the written word in contrast to digital messages (18 to 65 years).

The study came to the following conclusions:

  • More than 50% would love to write more by hand.
  • More than 80% would love to get more handwritten messages.
  • For more than 86% the written word is more valuable than digital messages.
  • For more than 80% handwritten messages have a personal value–in contrast to digital messages.
  • Even 85% of those under 30 think that handwritten messages are something very valuable.

For those polled between the ages of 18 and 30, handwritten texts are something especially valuable.


Sources: is one of the leading online consumer panels in Germany