Decline In Handwriting And Postal Volume

Feb 12, 2016 | World | Usa | Uk

Yesterday evening I was listening a really cool Freakonomics podcast episode titled How needs handwriting . Stephen Dubner discussed the pros and cons of handwriting, its origins and the emphasis is still given in the high school system. Quite interesting.

I started to think that I use hand writing at work to draw schemas about the different pieces of a project or task that I need to accomplish, but it definitely has been a while since the last time I wrote a proper hand written letter.

I'm wanted to check if there was data about postal volume, because I guess the decline in handwriting has an impact on these numbers. I found two interesting sources:

  • >>>UK Postal Museum>"http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/explore/history/statistics/"
  • >>>US Postal Services>"https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-facts/decade-of-facts-and-figures.htm"

Both sites show a decline in the number of total mail send. The decline is particularly dramatic after 2005: